Where Soul Meets Matter: Clinical and Social Applications of Jungian Sandplay Therapy

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2019 Zürich Lecture Series

The author explores the psyche’s astonishing capacity and determination to regulate itself by creating images and narratives as soon as a free and protected space for expression is provided.  A variety of examples from analytic practice with adults and from psychosocial projects with children in vulnerable situations illustrate how sandplay can be used in different therapeutic settings.

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While the hands explore the sand’s consistency, its smoothness, and its readiness to respond to the slightest touch, all sorts of perceptions and emotions go through the clients’ state of mind, and they cannot say whether they came from inside or out. It appears to be a circular process, a very subtle but also very persistent and concrete dialogue between the inner and outer worlds, between body and psyche, and more generally, between psyche and matter.

The author explores the psyche’s astonishing capacity and determination to regulate itself by creating images and narratives as soon as a free and protected space for expression is provided.  A variety of examples from analytic practice with adults and from psychosocial projects with children in vulnerable situations illustrate how sandplay can be used in different therapeutic settings.


About the Zürich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology


The Zürich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology is hosted by the International School of Analytical Psychology Zürich (ISAPZURICH) and Chiron Publications to present annually new work by a distinguished scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either:

  • bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines;
  • showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or
  • expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically

Each year, the selected lecturer delivers 3 lectures over a 2-day period in Zurich based on a previously unpublished book-length work. This book is then published by Chiron Publications. Murray Stein, Leonard Cruz and Steven Buser are the Series Editors.

Table of Contents

Foreword 15

FIRST CHAPTER Surprise and Wonder at Oneself 21

SECOND CHAPTER As Within, So Without, As Above, So Below 41

THIRD CHAPTER Self‐regulation of the Psyche in Individual Sandplay Therapy 85

FOURTH CHAPTER Expressive Sandwork 103

FIFTH CHAPTER Processing Trauma after Displacement in Colombia 117

SIXTH CHAPTER Expressive Sandwork with Refugee Children In Germany 133

SEVENTH CHAPTER Expressive Sandwork in Children Homes in Romania 157

EIGHTH CHAPTER Expressive Sandwork in the War Zone in Ukraine 173

References 179

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