I began this course to expand my therapeutic sandplay skills with clients. Unbeknownst to me, the sand took me on a personal journey of self-discovery and uncovered parts of myself that I did not want to acknowledge. The sand helped me to feel the emotions I did not want to feel. I am still on my journey.
During the course, Jill said, “You (the therapist) are the mirror off of which clients are reflecting their experience. If your mirror is not clean, what are you reflecting?”
More than anything, this course taught me to “feel” and to trust my instincts personally and professionally. I am more attuned to my clients’ emotions and experiences because I have allowed myself to feel my own hurt and joy. I have a deeper, more connected relationship with my clients. I am confident that what I am now reflecting back to my clients is their own experience, not mine.