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On Becoming a Jungian Sandplay Therapist

The Healing Spirit of Sandplay in Nature and in Therapy
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On Becoming a Jungian Sandplay Therapist discusses the deep inner process of entering the sandplay profession and addresses important creative aspects of understanding and practising sandplay. It describes the current theory behind the approach and the roles of the therapist and the client, as well as exploring the healing potential of nature and the numinous in art and sandplay. It provides a detailed case study outlining the ten year sandplay process of an Israeli woman of North African origin, whose fear was transformed by creativity and emotional support. Later chapters look at symbols as containers of power, and discuss the use of individual sandplay in group sessions.

Offering a unique creative and spiritual perspective of Jungian sandplay, this book will be an insightful resource for both novice and experienced sandplay therapists, as well as other therapists interested in sandplay training.
  • Published: Oct 15 2012
  • Pages: 240
  • 228 x 167mm
  • ISBN: 9781849053389
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Press Reviews

  • Rie Rogers Mitchell, PhD, President, International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST)

    This is a beautiful book: lyrical, creative, and absorbing. I highly recommend it.
  • Judy D. Zappacosta, MFT, CST-T, International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST), Sandplay Therapists of America (STA)

    Lenore Steinhardt's valuable overview of each of the components that create both sandplay therapy and the sandplay therapist helps broaden understanding of the roots from which sandplay has grown. Her personal reflections, as well as case studies, offer both theoretical and practical understanding of this therapy. In addition, her perspective on the natural world as mirrored in sandplay therapy adds another important dimension to this work.
  • Ulrike Hinsch, PhD, CST-T, pediatrician and psychotherapist in private practice, Board and teaching member of the International (ISST) and the German (DGST) Societies of Sandplay Therapy

    This book, based on expert knowledge gained through a lifetime of personal experience, impressively combines Jungian analysis and art therapy in sandplay. It also emphasizes the benefits of long-term cooperation and collaboration of colleagues in sandplay. It is a treasure for all sandplay therapists, students, as well as experienced and advanced experts and teachers.
  • Maggie Baron, CST-T, British and Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) and International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST)

    On Becoming a Jungian Sandplay Therapist showcases Lenore Steinhardt's ability to 'fish alone' and to bring clarity to the complexities of Jungian sandplay. In this book she explores her personal journey as a sandplay practitioner and offers the reader useful insights gained through years of experience. Making reference to the fisherman as symbol, she observes the following: 'He represents a state of constant expectation and not-knowing, and sudden fulfilment, holding the tension of the opposites.' As does she, hooking us into her journey through the diversity of her reflections.
  • Dr.Milvia Talamini, IAAP, CST-T, Jungian analyst and International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) sandplay teacher

    Lenore Steinhardt's work with sandplay is beautifully displayed in this book, which is not only important from a technical point of view, but also makes it easy to enter into contact with the symbolic world. She integrates all of the roots of Jungian analysis, as well as her own natural insight, into her sandplay work. Her Jungian understanding is incorporated in the freedom of her approach to the patient's problem, which enables a kind of 'magical' attitude that may remind the reader of shamanic behavior.