Sandplay is a process that uses a child's or adult's natural inclination to play. Through this play, they are able to view and resolve conflicts, in a manner that is not dependent on the use of words.
" When psychic wounding has occurred or typical development has been interrupted or impeded, a sandplay process may encourage psychological healing and expansion of consciousness through activation of the human psyche's innate drive towards healing and wholeness" (from:www.sandplay.ca).
Through the use of 3-dimensional figurines, what is internal can become external. The goal is understanding of one's world through one's own experience and not through the eyes of the therapist. According to Dr. Ryan Howes in Psychology Today: "...[there] is a direct link of psyche, or brain patterns to three dimensional figures that "write" and "re-write" its configuration to healthier, fuller functioning. I know of no other treatment modality that works with this immediacy with the brain and mind"(Howes, Psychology Today Blog February 3, 2010).
After the sand process is finished, slides or digital images of the sandpictures are projected, and the client and therapist connect those images with the client’s inner and outer life events that were significant during the course of the therapy and in the present (www.sandplay.ca). I do not interpret the work of a client. Rather I experience the work with the sandplayer.