Sandtray Therapy With a Seriously Disturbed Adolescent

Graduation Date

Fall 1990

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


This paper presents a case study of a seriously disturbed male adolescent in sandtray therapy. The purpose of the research was to determine if work in sandtray would be therapeutically beneficial to the adolescent. The paper contains a brief history of the young man who had behavior problems at home and at school. He was resistant to verbal and art therapy modalities. In a series of four sandtrays the adolescent was able to become absorbed in the play and work through inner dilemmas. He came to a satisfactory resolution of his conflicts between unconscious impulses and conscious functioning.