Category Archives: Sandplay/Sandtray and Dementia

SandTray for People with Dementia

Dr. Rochelle Suri discusses the benefits of working with sandplay or sandtray with people suffering from dementia. She states that “… Sandplay therapy has been utilized with various populations, including those with posttraumatic stress disorder, children with traumatic brain injury, and individuals with substance abuse problems. However, there are scant references to the employment of sandplay therapy with individuals with dementia. Using case studies from the author’s own work, the article provides concrete illustrations of how sandplay therapy may be a significant mode of therapy to consider in working with dementia. This article also explores how sandplay facilitates the individuation process, provides a venue for nonverbal therapy, and promotes the exploration and deepening of an individual’s connection with the unconscious mind. Implications for research are also discussed. Read the article