Sandplay Therapy is a creative method of psychotherapy developed by Dora Kalff in Switzerland in the 1950´s and is based theoretically on the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung. This method of psychotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages, and is often used in therapy after trauma.
While sandplay may seem at first glance to be simple – worlds are built in silence using miniature figures in a small sandbox at waist height – it is in actuality a highly complex and powerful depth psychology method requiring training which includes personal process, theory and supervision.
Deborah Bedford-Strohm has been offering training in the Cape Town area since 2009, with a first complete curriculum in Paarl which started in September 2013. She is a certifed teaching member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy and teaches according to the ISST guidelines. The theory seminars have been awarded CPD credit.
Further Information on current training and curriculum can be found here.
In sandplay we have no rules: one can build with or without figures, however one fancies. In this way, inner images can emerge spontaneously and playfully and become visible. Even if we do not interpret the images, we look at the sandplay scene together and „take a walk in the picture“, so to speak.
Sandplay can further healing on many levels: not only is the process of individuation (after C. G. Jung) initiated, but sandplay works through letting one´s self fall into playing in silence, through letting things happen and giving up control, through the touching of the sand, through the energy of the symbols used, through making inner images visible.
Sometimes intense emotions are mobilized, which can also be healing. This method is hard to describe in words, especially for adults; children, on the other hand, usually grasp immediately what is possible. Our experience is that sandplay not only enrichens therapy but also gives essential impulses which would not occur in this way in purely verbal therapy.