What Does Courage Mean to You?
Ok, so last edition you got to hear all about Amy's journey, building confidence and working toward contentment...and using the power of sandtray therapy to build real, authentic courage.
For us here at Southern Sandtray, courage means showing up even when it's hard, even when there is hate, criticism, fear, and all those ugly self-doubt gremlins saying "who are you and why should anyone care what you have to say?"
Courage is sitting with all those uncomfy thoughts and feelings, and forging ahead anyway, because you have to...because it's time...because you can't continue to maintain the status quo or you're going to explode!
Are you ready to be courageous with us?!
This edition, we wanted to focus on YOU and your journey. Hopefully by now, you've joined the , and you've gotten to share in others' stories of courage. Our mantra, "courage is contagious" reminds us that when we get vulnerable and share with others in the safety of this community, that we can experience true growth, as practitioners, partners, parents, friends, and citizens of the world....
Let us help you along your journey, by providing an epic FREE training that is brain and trauma informed...because the more you know, the more you grow!
Click the link below to snag your spot for the FREE online TRAUMA training! By signing up here, you will get email reminders, study guides, giveaways, AND will be entered into a drawing to win our Courage is Contagious t-shirt!
Finally, with all this talk about courage, we have another little challenge for you! Think about your journey (could be therapy related, or just life in general), and head over to and tell us in THREE emojis what that journey looks or feels like for you! We can't wait to see and share in your stories!
Sandtray is a great way to cultivate courage...but it can also just be fun! Has anyone heard of Mini Brands?! Yeah, I figured you had...cause they are ALL THE RAGE...like sold-out-everywhere popular...
Ok...so what are Mini Brands, exactly? How do they work and why should you care?!
Mini Brands are like those LOL-Surprise toys, but SO PERFECT for Sandtray Therapy!
Each ball has 5 individual compartments to unwrap, containing miniature versions of products you could find at the store (little shopping baskets, mini food items, hygiene products, friggin MOON PIES and TWINKIES! I can't even...
You can see how any and all of these awesome minis could get used in the tray by clients across the life-span. You could use these for basic skill development or psychoeducation, kids may use 'em in their storytelling or moving worlds or to illustrate needs, and adults could use them to represent various struggles, strengths, comforts, or memories.
Each random product could be be symbolic of so many things depending on your client, so allow the brain to go where it needs...and with all the different combinations of Mini Brands out there, you may want to pick up a few!
One of our all-time favorite quotes about courage comes from Anais Nin. We have made two graphics to help you remember why courage is necessary for growth, for ourselves and for our clients! Click to download whichever matches your aesthetic, and use it as a background for your phone, post to FB, print and slap that baby on the wall by your desk..whatever you need to give you that extra push toward courageous choices in your daily lives and practice!
|We wanted to take a minute to highlight individuals who are showing up in a big way, joining the conversation and getting courageous in The Sandtray Movement...|
|Meet Nicki Malcolm! Nicki responded to our post, asking therapists to tell us about a time they were courageous.|
Nicki was fierce and made the tough decision to leave full-time employment with a school (where she had been for 12.5 years...#terrifying) in order to seek out other opportunities, private practice, and building a business. This took major courage, and we hope this leap helped her blossom!
Does this sound like you? Is there a time when you've taken a great risk and relied on courage to make a huge change or show up more authentically in your life or in your practice?? If so, we want to hear about it!
|If YOU want to be featured in a spotlight, join the conversation in our FREE Facebook group, !|
So we've mentioned the Sandtray Suite a few times in past editions, and had some questions about what this resource is, and what the benefits are to joining this community. We decided to add a section dedicated to letting you in on whats going on inside this elite collective!
First of all, the Sandtray Suite is a hub for all-things-sandtray! Each month, members receive expert interviews and training over special topics and populations using sandtray therapy. For members, there's something new delivered right to their inboxes weekly related to the month's topic (really awesome stuff like printable cheat sheets, helpful materials for practice, directives, extra resources, and an opportunity to Q&A with the guest expert every month)!
In addition to these awesome resources, Plus Members get EXTRA goodies, like a quarterly box of carefully curated miniatures delivered to your doorstep, business tips, and no-fail techniques, all with access to an inclusive community of therapists who are learning and growing together...it really is The Suite Life!
If you are interested in learning more, or want to join the fun and become a full-on #Roomie, check it out !!
Thanks for hanging with us and getting courageous in 2020!
We hope to see you on the 26th!!
Til' next time,
- The Southern Sandtray Team