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Sand Tray Therapy

holistic therapies in albuquerque

sand tray therapy

Sand tray therapy is a form of expressive therapy that is sometimes referred to as sand-play (although sand-play does have a slightly different approach) or the World Technique. It was developed by Margaret Lowenfeld, Goesta Harding, Charlotte Buhler, Hedda Bolgar, Lisolette Fischer, Ruth Bowyer, and Dora Kalff.


This type of therapy often used with children, but can be applied to adults, teens, couples, families, and groups as well. Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.

Pouring Sand - sand tray therapy
Art Therapy
Making Paper Craft Art - art therapy

art therapy

Art therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being.

The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as "a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight."

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