The inspiration for Into the Heart of Sandplay -- Sandplay: A template for life ( Harriet S. Friedman) -- A way of life (Betty Jackson) -- A symbolic pilgrimage to the sea (Lenore Steinhardt) -- One man's journey (Louis H. Stewart) -- "Then suddenly" (Janet Tatum) -- Widening circles (Judy D. Zappacosta) -- Journey of a lifetime (LaVon Bobo) -- Images in the sand (Maggie Baron) -- My life with sandplay (Sachiko Taki-Reece) -- The tao of sandplay therapy (Lynn Ehlers) -- Sand all around (Maria Kendler) --Following the yellow brick road (Gita Dorothy Morena) -- The door-opener: First encounters with sandplay therapy (Rut Boss-Baumann) -- Silence, relationship, and the soul (Maria Ellen Chiaia) -- Sandplay moments: My journey in the making (Hannah-Valeria Grishko) -- Birth, rebirth, and interconnectedness in sandplay (Lorraine Razzi Freedle) Internalizing the sandtray container: Holding the container within the psyche (Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer) -- The acausality of sandplay therapy: A natural process (Audrey Punnet) -- My soul's call toward sandplay therapy (Braam Beetge) -- Sandplay and art: The spiral path (Margaret Humphris) -- Images of Chinese sandplay: The garden of the heart and soul (Gao Lan and Shen Heyong) -- Sandplay: Finding the dragon (Grace L. Hong, interviewed by Minna Hong) -- Sandplay beginnings on the coast of Maine (Sarah S. Sugatt) -- Like the play of children (Dyane N. Sherwood) -- Chapter abstracts -- Permissions -- Index
Unlike most books in the field of psychotherapy, which focus on the application of theory and practice to working with clients, this volume takes a step back, exploring through personals narrative the path of the therapist. How and why did these therapists from all over the world stumble onto an unusual expressive modality called sandplay? Did they find it, or did it find them? And once found, what called them to experience firsthand and then to specialize in this unusual therapeutic method offering sand, water, and miniature figures and symbols for creative expression?
In a field where talk therapy has been the gold standard for more than a century, this unique volume of stories shares what compelled these therapists to commit to a modality emphasizing not words, but the power of image and image-making to facilitate healing.