Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is Sandplay?

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" (

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 (  I do not interpret the work of a client. Rather I experience the work with the sandplayer.

What does a therapy session look like?

There are no rules for making sandpictures. Clients/players are free to explore the sand and the multiplicity of figurines on the shelves. Sandplayers may position and reposition figures in the sand, and remove those no longer needed. They may use the sand to sprinkle, mound, sculpt, and bury. At the end of a session, the client leaves with an intact image of the scene created, while the therapist photographs and dissembles the picture. ( 

Working in sand is optional for every child coming to therapy. There are alternate therapeutic play activities available to a child in each session.

Sessions are billed at 60 minutes however an appointment is 45-50 minutes allowing me ten to fifteen minutes to record and dissemble the play.

How many sessions do I need?

This cannot be pre-determined. The process is determined by the player. Often a person can do some work and then take a break and then be able to resume the process where they left off.

How do I know if it is working or when I am done?

As a parent you may notice that your child seems to be "back to themselves". This may be followed by an intensification of previous negative behaviours.  This may be a difficult period for you and your child as they begin to integrate their new discoveries of themselves. 

After three or four sessions, we will have an adult only meeting. At this time, we will be able to share how your child is doing at home, school and in therapy.

Your child will help you know when they are done by showing a reluctance to come to their regular appointment or by saying that they think they are done with therapy.  As a team we will work together to end therapy.

How much does a session cost? Is this covered by health insurance benefits?

A session costs $120 and is payable by cash or e-transfer at the time of  service.

Many private insurance plans offer coverage for counselling. Please check with your health insurance provider regarding the details of your coverage.


When contacting your insurance company for details of your coverage, be sure to verify:

  • ... whether counselling services are covered by your policy

  • ... whether you are restricted to therapists of their choosing

  • ... who is covered on your plan

  • ... how much your plan covers and the details of coverage

  • ... whether your plan covers a number of sessions or a maximum amount

  • ... whether session length is an issue

  • ... whether you need a physician’s referral

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