Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
– C.G. Jung
Ten European sandplay therapists describe how severe psychopathologies can be treated in the ’free and protected space’ of the sandbox.
The sandplay therapy cases in this book illustrate some of the most difficult, yet also most effective applications: psychoses, borderline syndromes, psychosomatic illnesses, drug addictions, or narcissistic character disorders.
Sandplay seems to access areas of human suffering which have otherwise always resisted psychotherapeutic treatment.
Recent research in neuroscience explains why this is possible: trauma is not remembered in verbal form – what has never been articulated in words nor ever ’shaped’ cannot be outwardly expressed. In sandplay, however, ’it’ manifests itself as a form, shaped by the hands.
The inexpressible can be seen and touched – therefore, it can be transformed.
Eva Pattis Zoja: Understanding with the Hands
Vito La Spina: Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disturbance
Andreina Navone: Matter and the Psyche: A Feasible Therapy
Stefano Marinucci: Children in Distress
Francesco Montecchi: The Self and Family Archetypes in Children
Wilma Bosio: Image and the Analytical Relationship in Sandplay Therapy
Lorenzo Bignamini: Sacrifice as Death and Rebirth in Adolescent Development
Marcella Merlino: Images of Time: New Departures at a Public Drug Addiction Clinic
Franco Castellana: Sandplay and the Analytical Partnership
Ruth Ammann: On Resonance
This book provides detailed case studies of work carried out in South Africa, China and Colombia and combines practical discussions of expressive sandwork projects with brief overviews of their sociohistoric background. Further topics covered include:the social aspect of psychoanalysis the importance of play pictographic writing and the psyche.
Providing the reader with clear, practical instructions for carrying out their own sandwork project, this book will be essential reading not only for psychotherapists involved with sandplay therapy but also for those with an interest in cross cultural psychotherapy, as well as all professionals working with those in situations of social adversity.