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Sandplay in Three Voices

Images, Relationships, the Numinous, 1st Edition

By Kay Bradway, Lucia Chambers, Maria Ellen Chiaia


224 pages

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Sandplay in Three Voices provides a unique and engaging understanding of sandplay - a growing modality of psychotherapy. Emerging out of informal conversations among three senior therapists, it examines the essential aspects of sandplay therapy as well as the depth and breadth of the human psyche.

The book is organized into eight sections covering eight of the most important topics in sandplay - Therapist, Silence, Child, Mother, Self, Shadow, Chaos, and Numinous. Each section begins with a trialogue discussing theory, history and practice of sandplay in that area. The trialogues allow the reader to witness three senior therapists addressing and attempting to understand the many layers of each topic, and reflect their agreements and disagreements as they reveal their individual thoughts on, and personal experiences of, the themes they discuss. Each trialogue is followed by a set of solo presentations in which each author focuses on her contribution, and on the role of each topic in sandplay.

Illustrated by original clinical examples, this unique approach addresses issues of concern to analysts and other psychotherapists. Its basic orientation makes it of particular value in the study, practice and teaching of sandplay therapy.


'This will be a great success' - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex

'All three authors are well known and considered to be "senior" members of the sandplay community. Their combined "voices" in the form of conversations on topical areas in sandplay convey a deep sense of wisdom which in turn has come from years of outstanding scholarship as well as deep and tried clinical experience.' - Mary Jane Markell, Author of Sand, Water, Silence: The Embodiment of Spirit

Table of Contents

Singer, Foreword. Acknowledgements. Bradway, Introduction. Part I: Client. Client Trialogue. Chiaia, Client. Bradway, Client. Chambers, Client. Part II: Silence. Silence Trialogue. Chiaia, Silence. Bradway, Silence. Chambers, Silence. Part III: Child. Child Trialogue. Chiaia, Child. Bradway, Child. Chambers, Child. Part IV: Mother. Mother Trialogue. Chiaia, Mother. Bradway, Mother. Chambers, Mother. Part V: Self. Self Trialogue. Chiaia, Self. Bradway, Self. Chambers, Self. Part VI: Shadow. Shadow Trialogue. Chiaia, Shadow. Bradway, Shadow. Chambers, Shadow. Part VII: Chaos. Chaos Trialogue. Chiaia, Chaos. Bradway, Chaos. Chambers, Chaos. Part VIII: Numinous. Numinous Trialogue. Chiaia, Numinous. Bradway, Numinous. Chambers, Numinous.

About the Author

Kay Bradway, PhD, is a founding member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy, and co-founder of Sandplay Therapists of America. She is co-author of two books on sandplay.

Lucia Chambers, MA, is co-founder and currently educational consultant of Sandplay Therapists of America. She is known for her research on the archetypal feminine and the Black Madonna.

Maria Ellen Chiaia, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and a teaching member of the international and national societies of Sandplay Therapy and is currently board chair of the national society in the USA. She is an international lecturer and author of numerous publications.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology