The Presence of the Sandplay Therapist as a Fundamental Component of Understanding Psychic Transformation in Sandplay

Authored by: Daniela Marinescu

The Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138101692
eBook ISBN: 9781315656748
Adobe ISBN: 9781317325970


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I met Sandplay for the first time in Romania, in my own personal analysis. Beyond the fascination of the first moment of being introduced to a creative experience that would not be judged, I was still filled with the anxieties specific to adult patients starting to work in Sandplay. It took some time until I was able to simply let my hands create what they wanted to, being able to play without thinking about the therapist’s presence, or what might be unexpectedly disclosed of my inner world in the sand tray.

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