Sand therapy for trauma of incomplete seperation from the mother

Vol. 34 Iss. 2 pp. 713 | St. Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work | ISSN: 1993-8101


The question of separation is the most complicated question in modern psychology and psyсhotherapy. It is considered by all psychological theories because without successful completion of the separation processes at different stages of personality development, it is impossible to become an autonomous, self-confident person who knows his place in the surrounding and is able to competently report on his resources. The article describes the algorithms and techniques for working with the trauma of incomplete separation of the daughter from the mother using sand therapy. The relationship between the trauma of rejection received by the daughter in childhood and the trauma of early separation from the mother is considered.

The indications for sand therapy were: the client's request for a short-term intervention; the possibility of developing new forms - as a basis for using creativity as a resource; the reuse of creating new stories. The creation of successive sand compositions helped to reflect the cyclical nature of mental life, different levels of mental contents, provided access to pre-verbal levels of the psyche and the dynamics of mental changes.

It is shown that the sand therapy method allows diagnosing and healing the neurotic conflict between the “Inner Parent” and the “Inner Child” of the client and, by non-directive impact on the unconscious, activates self-healing processes based on the available resources. The client dives into the essence of his problem and changes it in the desired direction depending on the availability of resources. The sand picture allows you to diagnose the trauma, to re-contain it, to re-live it and transform the released energy into a resource of love. The role of the therapist is to guide and support the process, to follow the client. Sand therapy has been proven to be an effective method for dealing with incomplete separation trauma.


trauma, incomplete separation, neurotic conflict, sand therapy, separation trauma


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