Along with working with children...
I love to work with adults. I use the same principles of Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand tray as with children. The underlying theme for most adults (and children) is that they fell a loss of safety and connection from someone or something (divorce, miscarriage, demotion, let go at work, car accident)
It is not the same as children playing but the principles of transformation are the same. Adults are able to make a picture using figurines about what they are experiencing both internally and externally. They are able to choose figurines which depict their own subjective experience and with questioning from me they are able to add, take away or move figurines to create a new way of being.
As the client looks at the images of their experience they gently change the picture to match the changing internal experience. They are able to explore the expectations others are having on them and those they have of themselves and others. They can see how they have been keeping safe and all the special gifts that arise from such defences.
I then ask them to make a picture of how they want to feel/be different and what needs to happen in order to get there. As this second picture is created the initial picture changes. The client will often experience a sense of hope and actually feel a sense of relief and peace. This process is trans formative and lasting because it is articulating experiences from the right brain and changes are made neurologically and subsequently physiologically.
I am a counsellor for Adults through Criminal Victims Assistance Program, and private clients.