Nelson, Barbara. THE UNICORN, THE VIRGIN, AND THE GIFT OF LIGHT

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Nelson, Barbara
THE UNICORN, THE VIRGIN, AND THE GIFT OF LIGHT

Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 14, Number 2, 2005

KEY WORDS: sandplay therapy, clinical example, symbol, transformation, unicorn, tapestry, bulimia, woman, adult, female.

ABSTRACT: This article explores the unicorn as a symbol, and the medieval tale of the unicorn and the lady depicted in the tapestry, The Lady and the Unicorn, as it relates to the case of a 58-year-old woman with a history of bulimia. Lea found the container that she needed and was able to transform a core belief about herself through the unicorn as a symbol of light in ¬her sandplay therapy.