Healing in the Sand

sand tray

"Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain."  ~ Carl Jung One form of play therapy  is sand tray.  This is a safe way for clients of all ages to find some control over their lives in a healthy way.   Sand tray, or sand play as some models refer to it, allows a safe and contained space for the builder to create a world in the sand by selecting and placing different images representing real or imaginary people, places, or concepts in the sand.     Clients can choose from any of the miniatures representing the real and imaginary world in which … [Read more...]

What is Play Therapy?


"It is in the playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, it is only in being creative that the individual discovers Self."  ~ D.W. Winnicott In essence, play therapy relies on the child’s natural language of play to communicate and facilitate healing.  It is much easier for children to express themselves through play rather than sitting on a couch and talking as an adult.  Rather than just playing, trained play therapists utilize resources such as carefully selected toys, art, puppets, dolls, play-doh, … [Read more...]

Healing Quilts: A Creative Means to Healing and Empowerment


The experience of trauma, serious illness and bereavement leaves us speechless.  Words often fail to fully express the depth of loss and despair that result from these experiences.  Our souls ache in a way that can lead to depression and a sense that all is hopeless.  At times like this we turn to friends, family and faith for support and understanding.  When these connections are not enough we turn to professionals; individual therapists for traditional talk therapy and group counseling for information, education and support.  Creative expression has been found to facilitate healing … [Read more...]