The Secret Garden

Use of the sand tray and figurines from an interpersonal neurobiological framework

Authored by: Theresa Kestly

The Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138101692
eBook ISBN: 9781315656748
Adobe ISBN: 9781317325970

10.4324/9781315656748.ch21

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Abstract

Tales of a secret garden bring back pleasant childhood memories for many of us. We have heard the various versions of these tales, knowing that only children were allowed to visit the secret gardens. They could even do so without mothers or fathers knowing, or ever finding out. In these stories, children always knew where the keys to the garden gate were, and, once inside, they had access to magic and love. All of their wishes and dreams could easily come true. Terrible things could happen, too, with ogres, wizards, or spells, but these bad things happened only to the wicked or the careless. Unlike reality, the secret garden was an extraordinary place, free of rules and limits.

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