Bradway, Kay

Journal of Sandplay Therapy, Volume 8, Number 2, 1999

KEY WORDS: sandplay, child, children, Lowenfeld, Wells, empathy, clinical example, self-healing, therapist, witness.

ABSTRACT: A brief historical background of sandplay from H.G. Wells, to Margaret Lowenfeld, to Dora Kalff, to the founding of ISST in 1985 and of STA in 1988 is followed by a discussion of the essentials of sandplay therapy with a focus on its use with children. An emphasis on following the child, rather than guiding the play, is illustrated by a brief summary of sandplay with a 10 year-old girl with fears of failure and built up anger. The tray provided for this child a place, as it does for many other children, to work through the many phases of self-healing and growing up.