When you're hanging by a thread...
Does it feel like this last month has been 136,965 days long? With the continued escalation of the COVID-crisis, I have found myself feeling more exhausted and burned-out than ever before. It takes more energy and brainpower to navigate 3 telehealth sessions than it did to see 7 clients back-to-back in the office...and sometimes I can't even string an intelligible sentence together by the end of the day...
Our world and the work that we do changed almost over night.
Now we are left to figure out how to provide the most effective services for our clients (who are now engaged in a whole new crisis on top of whatever brought them in to us...but that's whole other conversation), while still providing the neuroception of safety in an environment of stability (from our homes/offices via a computer screen?!), all while meeting insurance and governmental guidelines and criteria, AND managing our own lives and stressors...
I don't know about you...but by the end of the day, I can start to feel a little (or a lot) overwhelmed and isolated.
Thankfully, I have one thing that keeps me going...One thing that renews my energy and my capacity to keep showing up, day in and day out. Wanna know what it is?!
I can't bold, highlight, or emphasize the word enough to adequately demonstrate just how vital my community is to my daily functioning... especially now during all the mucky, messy, unknown, discomfort that is the ~new normal~ for most of us in the mental health field.
The Sandtray Suite is my community. A go-to resource for all-things-sandtray. When you join the Sandtray Suite, not only do you get cutting-edge sandtray techniques, key foundational training components to understand the "why" and the "how" of sandtray therapy, and access to experts across the globe with new trainings delivered every month...but you also get a new family. Practitioners from all over the world gather in the "Penthouse" (our private facebook group) to offer feedback and support and to learn from one another...we share resources, tips, and sandtray hacks, special challenges, and lots and lots of members-only swag!
Because we truly believe in the POWER of community, and see the need for greater access to resources during this unprecedented time of tumult and change, we are extending sign-up for the Sandtray Suite for ONE..LAST..DAY!!!
Claim your rightful place in our community NOW before time runs out...come in, recharge your batteries, hang out with all our amazing #Roomies and get your cup filled. We can't wait to see you on the inside!
if this sounds like the place for you...I promise, you won't regret it!
This month, we asked members to focus attention on strengths or various aspects of life that are helping them get through this difficult time by creating Gratitude Trays. When we focus on things we are grateful for, it can help shift our mindset to positive patterns of thought, helping to mitigate effects of anxiety, depression, and plain ol' stress...
We had several gratitude trays that were submitted by our #Roomies during this month's challenge...keep scrolling to check them out!
For this edition, we wanted to share with you some of the awesome resources we've been compiling to make life easier for all you folks trying to do sandtray therapy virtually with your clients!
- Check out this that is STILL being added to daily. It has tips, activities, and feedback from practitioners in facebook group. Feel free to use any of the activities listed, OR add your own ideas for other therapists struggling to make these types of sessions work!
- Need to get creative and make some mini's with things you and your clients can find around the house? Check out for ideas!
- AAAAAND we saved the absolute BEST for last...a treat that is usually reserved for #Roomies only.....a FREE printable PDF with directives for at-home sandtray sessions! and get ready to feel confident going into your next sandtray-ish telehealth session like a pro!
We asked our members to create Gratitude Trays this month, and these were so powerful, we wanted to highlight these clinicians' strength, and thank them for continuing to share and grow our sandtray community.
Thank you Kay Gottrich, Claire Wadsworth, Maureen O'Shea, and Christina Edwin for continuing to contribute your knowledge, experience, and journeys with us. Your work and willingness to share is invaluable, and together we are Sandtray Strong! Thanks for being awesome!
If you would like to be featured in the Sandtray Showcase, don't forget to join the conversation in
OK GUYS...As you know, the Sandtray Suite will only be open for a few more hours...we've talked about how amazing the community is AND we've told you about the awesome benefits, like the trainings you get once a month and access to literally TONS of printables, tips, directives, and chances to connect and have your questions answered with the experts in the field...but one thing we haven't mentioned are Plus benefits.
But what is Plus?!
Plus is like the VIP upgrade to your Sandtray Suite membership... Once a month, you get a done-for-you technique delivered to your inbox as well as business tips, extra goodies throughout the year, AND the absolute best part...THE BOXES!
Once per quarter, you will receive an amazing box of curated minis delivered to your doorstep. Each box has a different theme and comes packed with amazing miniatures, a self-care item, and directives and info on how you can use each of the items in your box.
Last quarter's box was all about serving clients who battle various addictions ...and here is just a taste of what goodies you can expect (spoilers ahead, so if you haven't opened your box yet, DON'T LOOK!
Blood, sweat, and tears go into these boxes every quarter... it is our absolute joy to serve you by providing the best quality and most creative miniatures to round out your collections. We know that your clients are diverse and have varying needs, and we try our best to bring you cutting-edge information and materials so that you can feel awesome everyday about the services you provide for your clients!
Again, this is only available to our Sandtray Suite PLUS members, so if you're interested in getting in on ^^^this^^^ kind of awesomeness, before its too late!
Mark your calendars for November because....
THE SECOND ANNUAL SANDTRAY THERAPY SUMMIT HAS NEW DATES!!!!
The IAST is working diligently to get all the details squared away and info will be released asap!
For more info, visit:
That's all for today, friends!
Remember that we are all in this mess together. Be kind, be gracious, and have compassion for your fellow therapists and medical professionals...we are fighting the good fight every. single. day. to keep folks afloat in seemingly impossible conditions. If we have each-other's backs, nothing can keep us down!
Til' next time,
- The Southern Sandtray Team