Sand Tray Therapy

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I have studied using sand tray therapy and have used it often in my work over the past few years. I receive supervision for my sand tray work with clients.

— Lauren Krzyzaniak, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saginaw, MI

I have training in Sandtray through an online program called the Southern Sandtray Institute. I've also attended a Sandtray summit to get more hands on experience in sandtray. I have experience using sandtray with adults to help bring about deep change and healing. Sandtray helps clients use both parts of their brain, which can be especially helpful for grief and trauma. On top of this, sandtray can be a refreshing change to traditional talk therapy or when talking isn't working.

— Robin Poage, Clinical Social Worker in Naperville, IL

I am trained in both Foundations and Advanced Techniques in Sand Tray Play Therapy, including the use of Sandtray to resolve trauma, virtual uses of Sand Tray, and the combination of EMDR & Sandtray techniques. Trauma affects the area of the brain dedicated to speech and reason, making it hard to fully process using only words. Sand Tray is a great tool for all ages (children through adults) that can allow you to process past events using your creative right brain.

— Jamie Martos, Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I trained in Sand Tray Tberapy in 2016 and I utilize this in my office with adult clients who are "stuck in their heads" and need to connect with the more creative parts of their brain.

— Melissa Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aliso Viejo, CA

I have hours of training in sand tray therapy and experience integrating sand tray therapy in treatment with children, adolescents, and adults.

— Anthony Dimitrion, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ridgewood, NJ

In sand tray therapy, you create worlds in a small box of sand using figurines. Moving the sand with your hands helps to regulate your emotions. Creating scenes in the sand helps to share your experience when words don't quite work. Storytelling can ease grief carried from a hard life as a child or losses as an adult.

— Jess Kennard, Art Therapist in Albuquerque, NM

Sand Tray therapy is a modality that allows a person to create their internal world externally through the utilization of miniatures in the sand. It is a creative way to express yourself in a different way than talk therapy and allows a person's inner thoughts, struggles and concerns to be reflected in the sand and to gain a different perspective. I am currently trained in Sand Tray levels one and two and am excited to continue my education in sand tray.

— Mary Moran, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler,

Sand tray is a great expressive therapy for all ages. Using sand, water and miniatures, the client is able to express repressed underlying thought patterns and world-view perspectives through this soothing creative expression.

— Katherine Crane, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rockwall, TX

I have an extensive sand tray collection and have worked since be beginning of the pandemic to find ways to make it accessible via telehealth. You can find out more at

— River Dowdy, Creative Art Therapist in Clayton, MO

Sand tray is taking figurines and placing them in a tray in a way that feels right to the client. There is valuable information that can immerge from the types of figurines, and the placement that can help indicate areas that need healing in a client. Together, Aimee works with the client to address the topics brought up in the sand tray.

— Aimee Christensen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Meridian, ID