Texas SandTray Association (TSTA) is a state organization of mental health professionals serving adults, children, and families in a variety of settings, who have joined together to provide quality education and direction in support of the personal and professional development of the Sandtray therapist, while strengthening the integrity of the modality.
TSTA believes that Sandtray is fundamentally a nondirective approach, although directive techniques can be applied when appropriate, as guided by the Sandtray therapist’s clinical judgement and theoretical orientation. The therapeutic stance is client centered, allowing the client to lead the process and interpret his or her own work while the therapist demonstrates total positive regard. Because the client’s work is symbolic, the therapist stays in the metaphor. The sandtray is a sacred space that must be protected from all intrusions, including the therapist’s or another’s body, interpretation and/or narrative.
Although we acknowledge the many people who have contributed to the creation and continued evolution of Sandtray, we also believe that this modality began with the World Technique, created by Margaret Lowenfeld. We believe Dora Kolff took World Technique and through her Jungian theoretical perspective made adaptations to the modality which became Sand Play. From Sand Play, Sandtray has evolved.
While we welcome different ideas and perspectives about sandtray, this is the definition of Sandtray that TSTA stands behind.