What is Play
Play therapy is a
form of psychotherapy. Unlike adult therapy, the treatment of
childhood emotional and behavioral problems is conducted in the
natural language of children—PLAY.
Symbolic Play is
the language through which children communicate their inner world and
attempt to resolve inner conflicts. Under the guidance of a play
therapist, children express their concerns symbolically and
non-verbally as well as through talking. A well-equipped play therapy
room contains the tools to help with this expression and often
includes toys such as figurines, puppets, action figures and other
objects, games, sand, playdough, clay, paint, and other art supplies.
developed by the late Jungian analyst Dora Kalff of Switzerland in the
mid 1900’s. It is a psychotherapeutic tool used with both children
and adults. The method consists of the client’s creation of a
three-dimensional picture with miniature figures in a tray of sand in
the protective presence of a trained practitioner.
client is given the possibility, by means of figures and the
arrangement of the sand in the area bounded by the sandbox, to set up
a world corresponding to his or her inner state. In this manner,
through free, creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in
a three-dimensional form and a pictorial world comparable to the dream
experience. Through a series of images that take shape in this way,
the process of individuation described by C. G. Jung is stimulated and
brought to fruition.
Jungian therapist, developed sandplay therapy in Switzerland in the
1950s and '60s based on her studies at the C.G. Jung Institute,
Zurich, in Tibetan Buddhism, and with Margaret Lowenfeld, in England.