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Transformation hidden in the sand; a pluralistic theoretical framework using sand-tray with adult clients

FLEET, Doreen, Reeves, Andrew, BURTON, Amy and DAS GUPTA, Mani (2021) Transformation hidden in the sand; a pluralistic theoretical framework using sand-tray with adult clients. Journal of Creativity and Mental Health, 18 (1). pp. 73-91. ISSN 1540-1383

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Jungian sandplay predominates the existing literature on sand-tray therapy. Although there is a small volume of literature on alternative approaches of using sand-tray with adults, most primarily focuses on children and adolescents. The study aimed to establish a sand-tray therapy framework to be utilized by practitioners who are not Jungian trained and intend to use this intervention with adult clients. The grounded theory (Strauss and Corbin, 1990, 1998) multiple case study involved six client-participants receiving six sand-tray therapy sessions. The pluralistic model established incorporates inter-relational and intra-psychic dimensions. Concepts include phenomenological shift and two sand-tray specific mechanisms of phenomenological anchor and phenomenological hook, aiding ‘edge of awareness’ and unconscious processing. In this study, pluralistic sand-tray therapy was deemed successful based on improved CORE-10 clinical scores and the various participant feedback collected.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Creativity and Mental Health on [date of publication], available online:[Article DOI].
Uncontrolled Keywords: sand-tray therapy; phenomenological process; dialogical; grounded theory; pluralistic; case study; creativity in counselling; adult therapy
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 09:21

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