Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche

Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche

Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche

Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the Psyche

Synopsis

Sandplay is a growing field of interest for Jungian and other psychotherapists. Sandplay - Silent Workshop of the Psyche by Kay Bradway and Barbara McCoard, provides an introduction to sandplay as well as extensive new material for those already using this form of therapy. Based on the authors' wide-ranging clinical work, it includes:* in-depth sandplay case histories* material from a wide range of adults and children* over 90 illustrations in black & white and colour* detailed notes on interpretation of sand trays* an examination of symbols and concepts used in sandplay.Clearly written and soundly based in theory, this book provides historical background for understanding sandplay as well as helpful discussion of how it works in a clinical context.Kay Bradway and Barbara McCoard bring their indispensable personal experience to the subject to stress the healing potential of sandplay. They also reflect on the nature of a therapy where the psyche works largely in silence.

Excerpt

This book is about a healing process-more specifically, about a way Kay Bradway has found in sandplay to contain and further the process of her clients. What makes this book stand apart from so many others in humanistic psychology that have emphasized the importance of individual process in personal healing and growth is that it focuses not just on a stream of feeling that must be listened to respectfully, empathically, and without judgment if it is to flow in its own unique way toward the goal of greater human expression, but on a spontaneously selected sequence of images that give material, symbolic density to the stages of the course. in this, Dr. Bradway's emphasis is Jungian, because she believes just as much in image as in affect when she writes of the current of life energy that psychologists call process. But unlike many, if not most Jungian analysts, Bradway is not an interpreter of archetypal images, bent on developing an effective hermeneutics of unconscious imagery. Her approach, rather, is to value and to hold the image that appears in the sand, selected by the client from a universe of possible objects to express a feeling state, and to let that image have its way with her and her client with a minimum of commentary. Her interest seems to be above all in honoring the fact that this image and no other is there in the tray and thus has become part of the fate of the person seeking orientation to the purposes of the psyche by means of the sandplay work. Although the resultant image could be used either for diagnosis or as a springboard for various kinds of creative therapeutic intervention, Dr. Bradway's overall technique, as she explains it with Dr. McCoard in their section called “Reflections, ” is a method of “appreciation, ” and it is her rare capacity to appreciate the symbolic process of other people that gives this book its special glow.

Depth psychology has already entered a new era of its being by the end of its first full century of therapeutic application. This era could be characterized as one of respect for the choices of the Self. the client who turns to a shelf of objects and selects and arranges a few to give tangible meaning to the sometimes abstract notion of self-object is telling us that just these figures-this turtle or bridge, that witch or well, or the animal

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