Chronic Illness and Grief Sand Tray Therapy

by | Mar 15, 2016 | Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Patient Education

sand tray therapy

Sand Tray TherapyPresented by Lexie Pfeiffer, PhD

Dr. Pfeiffer earned her specialized training in sand tray work at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education. She earned her degree in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University and is currently in private practice in Holiday, Utah.

Sand tray therapy is a form of expressive therapy that allows a person a creative way to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self. Dr. Pfeiffer spoke to us about chronic illness as it relates to grief and how to go through the grief process through the sand tray therapy process.

Because chronic illness is a loss, it is important to grieve. Internalizing emotions can be painful, while sharing emotions can be relieving. Internalizing emotions can create distance in relationships, while sharing them can create connection. While this is not in any way a cure for the debilitating effects of ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia, it may offer an new way for you to process through some of the grief you may have experienced since your diagnosis.


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