Sandtray Therapy

“Sandtray provides felt safety and therapeutic distance through the powerful use of metaphor.”

– Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Photo by Liz Gray, LCSW, RPT

Sandtray therapy is one of my favorite techniques to use with clients! 

It is almost impossible to describe the power of sandtray therapy.  When clients place their chosen miniatures into the sand, it is a representation of their inner world.  As a witness to their process, I am able to make observations, ask questions, and sit with the silence that often takes place while creating a sandtray.  It is a beautiful process to witness.

Click HERE for a quick video that explains

sandtray therapy

Video and picture courtesy of Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Who Benefits from Sandtray Therapy?

          Adults and Adolescents

Sandtray therapy is a creative method that does not feel “childish.”  Sandtray therapy provides access to a deeper level of consciousness and allows clients to “play out” their fears, hopes, dreams, experiences, and traumas.  Clients are simply invited to create a world in the sand.  Through the process of creating their world, they can make connections, apply problem-solving skills, and create new insights.


Not only is sandtray an effective method for children, but it is fun! The miniatures and sand are often appealing to children, and sandtray therapy provides an effective and safe way for children to share their inner world.  It helps children express themselves when they may not have the words or ability to adequately express their thoughts and feelings. Children can freely play out their experiences and resolve life challenges from everyday stress to grief and traumatic events.

Body-Brain Approach

I have taken numerous trainings over the years, including most recently a 5-day training at SageSource Learning Center.  As a Level-1 Practitioner to the Body-Brain Approach, I practice sandtray therapy through the lens of Relational Neuroscience.  This means weaving together the latest understanding of how the relational brain works, along with Sandtray Therapy techniques.


* All information on this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Liz Gray, LCSW, RPT and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Correspondence does not constitute an established therapist-client relationship, psychological treatment, or diagnosis.