Thursday, December 30, 2004

Checking out the fruitcake shrinks

I started looking into the court-recommended therapists. One of them is Judy D. Zappacosta. She specializes in sandplay therapy. I had never heard of it, and found this description from the developer of the concept:
The client is given the possibility, by means of figures and the arrangement of the sand in the area bounded by the sandbox, to set up a world corresponding to his or her inner state. In this manner, through free, creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in a three-dimensional form and a pictorial world comparable to the dream experience. Through a series of images that take shape in this way, the process of individuation described by C. G. Jung is stimulated and brought to fruition. ...

"Sandplay" is the method I use in therapy both with children and with adults in order to gain access to the contents of the unconscious. As the name suggests, it consists in playing in a specially proportioned sandbox (approximately 19.5 x 28.5 x 2.75 inches; floor and sides painted with water-resistant bright-blue paint). Boxes of dry and moist sand are provided. Clients also have at their disposal a number of small figures with which they give formal realization to their internal worlds. The figures from which they can choose should represent as complete as possible a cross-section of all inanimate and animate beings which we encounter in the external world as well as in the inner imaginative world: trees, plants, stones, marbles, mosaics, wild and domesticated animals, ordinary women and men pursuing various activities, soldiers, fairytale figures, religious figures from diverse cultural spheres, houses, fountains, bridges, ships, vehicles, etc.
So I am accused of letting my kids run loose in Kids R Us, and the court orders me to see a crackpot shrink to play in the sand?! These people have gone mad.

Another recommended shrink describes her practice this way:
I have had a mixed practice for 30+ years; working with men with emotional and intimacy issues, adults with relationship problems, anxiey and /or depression issues, and couples communication problems. I also specialize with suicidal adolecents and young adults and work with children 9-years and older. 20%-30% of my practice is of a Forensic nature for Family Court as an Evaluator, Expert Witness, Consultant, Co-parent Counselor, and Special Master. I also am the Psychologist Consultant for San Jose PD's Domestic Violence & Stalking/Threat Center.
My kids are aged 5 and 7, and they are definitely not suicidal.

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