Sand tray therapy (or Sand Play Therapy) is a therapeutic approach that uses a tray of sand and miniature objects to help children express themselves and explore their thoughts and feelings.

Imagine a sandbox filled with special sand and a collection of small toys, figures, and objects. It’s like a magical world where your child can tell stories without using words. This is where sand tray therapy happens.

In this sandbox, your child has the freedom to create scenes and scenarios using the toys. Each object represents something important to them. It could be a feeling, a person, or a situation. The therapist pays close attention to what your child creates in the sand because it’s like a window into their inner world.

The beauty of sand tray therapy is that it allows children to express themselves in a way that feels natural and safe. They don’t have to find the right words to talk about their emotions; instead, they show it through their creations. It’s a creative and playful way for your child to communicate and process their thoughts and feelings.

Through this process, the therapist can better understand what might be bothering your child or what they’re struggling with. It’s a tool that helps your child open up and feel more comfortable sharing their experiences.

So, in essence, sand tray therapy is like giving your child a special sandbox to play in, where their feelings become stories in the sand, and the therapist is there to understand and support them in their unique journey.

This applies to adults, too. Adults can access their childlike wonder and playful spirit when unburdened from the limits of words and instead access their creativity as well.

Our therapists have special training in child therapy using Sand Tray Therapy. Check out our teamAndrea offers Sand Tray Therapy in Morgan Hill, CA. Lillian, Ligia, and Lakshmi offers Sand Tray Therapy in San Jose, CA.