Symbols of the Alchemical Process and Sandplay Therapy

Published in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy©, vol. 20, nbr. 2, pages 41-63, 2011, USA.

Edna Garcia Levy is clinical psychologist, teaching member of Sandplay certified by the International Society for Sandplay Therapist (ISST) and founding member of IBTSANDPLAY – Instituto Brasileiro de Terapia de Sandplay. She is also a teaching member at AJB-Associação Junguiana do Brasil and IJUSP-Instituto Junguiano de São Paulo, as well as member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). She has a specialization degree in Psychology applied to cardiology and she is the author of the book “Tornar-se quem se é – a constelação do Self no Jogo de Areia” (Armazém Digital, 2011).

Palavras-chave: alchemy, individuation, analytical psychology, Sandplay therapy, clinical example, female, adult, analysis, depression, anxiety.

Abstract: This article draws parallels between the stages and main operations of the alchemical work and the individuation process, as it is experienced through the Sandplay method. Followin the theoretical contextualization of C.G.Jung and Edward F. Edinger, and based on a clinical case, the author demonstrates the alchemical processes that are evidenced in each scene, as well as the patient’s life at the time of the construction of the Sandplay scenes, and the psychic contents that are then elaborated in psychotherapy.

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