Barbara Turner, PhD, specializes in Jungian Sandplay therapy, a form of largely, non-verbal free play with miniature figures in a tray of sand. The therapist holds the free and protected space without in any way interfering in what the child needs to do. In the presence of the well-trained therapist, this allows the child's unconscious, or inner truth to guide his or her healing and development.
Dr. Turner is the author of "The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy," and has written and edited many more books on Sandplay. She teaches Sandplay therapy at her home location in Palm Desert, California, and in venues around the world.
Dr. Turner is the founder and president of The Association for Sandplay Therapy, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to excellent teaching in Sandplay. The AST promotes loving kindness, clarity and humility among its members in their work and their interactions with colleagues.