How Can I Help!
A Therapist, in a therapeutic relationship with a client, oversees the emotional safety of the client. The client, whether the client is a child or an adult, enters the therapeutic relationship with uncertainty. Sometimes the client will seek out a therapist because they feel that they are not like themselves. Often, a parent may call on a therapist because of a teacher's recommendation. Or, the parent will seek out therapy because they observe that the child is not acting like themselves and wonder why their child is regressing developmentally. They behave aggressively towards others, acting fearful in an unusual way, argumentative, and unhappy.
Sandplay is an adjunct to talk therapy. For children and adults, finding words to describe their thoughts and feelings can be frustrating. Feeling disorganized contributes to feeling frustrated, and anxiousness follows. The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is sacred. The therapist's role is to support the client unconditionally. The therapist and the client, together, develop a trusting relationship which can take time. Trusting a therapist can take place within a brief period of time, and then for others, establishing trust takes time to develop. Long-term trauma may impair the ability to establish trust. Through time, trust can be reestablished.
Expressive art, sandplay work, and creative processing are all modalities that reach into the unconscious state bringing forth a conscious awareness. Through creative processing, the psyche can express itself through images, symbols, and miniatures rather than words. Sandplay uses objects and figures that reflect their personal psyche. The internal conflicts from a traumatic experience or an experience, in general, are observed, by the client, in a three-dimensional space. The sandplay therapist provides reassurance to the client as the client moves through their individual process in their own inner journey. The client is the creator of their own processing. Often, therapy provides an individual with a sense of self-control, free from anxiety, and a sense of wholeness, even in children. Trauma, whether it happens to a child, adolescent, or adult, can contribute to feeling a disorganized sense of self. For a child and adult, feeling disorganized is scary. Healing can take place non-verbally, and often the healing process is subtle. A personal transformation is a goal.
A Sandplay process is unique to the individual. If you or your child/adolescent is experiencing trauma; personal or environmental; is noticeably withdrawing from friends and family members; seems to struggle with developing appropriate coping skills; exhibits fear, aggression, impulsive/demanding behavior; and they may not feel like themselves.
I am a licensed clinical therapist (Pennsylvania CW 016251), a registered Sandplay Practitioner with Sandplay Therapists of America (STA), and an affiliate of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST).
I am also a graduate of the Sandplay Institute, Dallas, Texas, and a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).