TWENTY POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE INTERPRETATION OF A SANDPLAY
Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 2, Number 2, 1993
KEY WORDS: sandplay therapy, sandplay, interpretation, relationship, context, differentiation, colors, figures, space, shapes, therapist’s feeling response, hara, transference, guidelines.
ABSTRACT: A request for guidelines in interpretation of sandplay scenes by American students prompted this article. These considerations are based on the suggestion that Sandplay allows for the expression of preverbal consciousness or lunar consciousness. Symbols are discriminated from signs. Interpretation by the therapist to the client is discouraged, in order to not limit free, creative expression. Twenty points are given for the understanding of a client’s sandplay process. The author concludes by restating the limitation of words in communicating about a specific sandtray.