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When Pixies Come out to Play: Cherished Sandplay Therapist, Lois Carey, Releases New Book of Compelling 'Primer' Lectures on Sandplay & Art Therapy

Lois Carey has travelled across North America, Europe and Africa to give keynote addresses and train now-respected leaders in Sandplay and art therapy. For the first time, Carey is compiling a myriad of these lectures into ‘When Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer’, a powerful new book covering the history and application of play therapy from a Jungian orientation.


Nyack, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/30/2014 -- Almost every Play Therapist in the world knows Lois Carey, an in-demand speaker, author and pioneer in Sandplay and art therapy. Seven books and thousands of clients have seen Carey travel the world to train fellow therapist and, for the first time in her career, a collection of these powerful lectures and texts have been combined into an insightful and inspirational new book.

‘When Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer’ is told primarily from a Jungian perspective, chock-full of sandplay’s history, case material and their practical applications.

The synopsis is best told by Dr. David A. Crenshaw, a Clinical Director who found the book to be game-changing.

He comments, “When Pixies Come Out to Play is the work of a true master of the craft of sandplay therapy informed by Jungian theory and the pioneering work of Dora Kallf with whom Lois Carey studied. Woven into the exquisite tapestry of this lovely book is history and theory of the method, rich case material told in a warm and moving voice which reflects the extraordinary empathy of this remarkable sandplay and play therapist . . . A wealth of information packed into a highly readable book that just like the author herself will be a cherished gift to us all for a long time to come.”

Carey worked diligently to compile a resource that encompasses all facets of play therapy.

“Readers will discover an overview of play therapy and Jungian theory, an introduction to art as a therapy, three methods of Sandplay therapy, information on how therapists should supervise clients, how the body and mind connect during play and much more,” explains Carey. “I also give insight into the specific issues Sandplay and play therapy are called upon for – including mental trauma, suicidal tendencies, grief and even nightmares.”

Continuing, “Everything is transposed from hundreds of lectures I have given around the world, including keynotes to the Association for Play Therapy, as well as numerous workshops I’ve conducted. You won’t find a more definitive book on the market.”

Reviews have also flooded in from numerous industry leaders. Aideen Taylor de Faoite, author of Narrative Play Therapy: Theory and Practice, writes, “The metaphor that comes to mind as I read this book is that of the aboriginal painting—a large canvas of lots of varied sized and colored dots which represents a map of the territory. This book provides an extensive map of the territory that is Play Therapy, Child Therapy and sand play as it applies to children, with a particular Jungian slant. I would recommend this to practitioners and students who can learn from its wisdom."

Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Majella Ryan, adds, “When Pixies Come Out to Play is a wonderful book for any clinician who uses creative mediums in their therapeutic work. It is a book that provides a back drop to understanding art therapy, play therapy and sandplay from a Jungian perspective. It provides a history and theoretical framework to create context and a lens to view the work through."

‘When Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer’, published by Genoa House, is available now: http://amzn.to/1DD3BIa

About Lois Carey
Lois Carey, LCSW, RPT-S is in private practice in Nyack, NY; her specialty is Sandplay Therapy. She is Past-President of the New York Branch of the Association for Play Therapy. Lois is author of Sandplay Therapy for Children and Families, A Salty Lake of Tears, co-editor and contributor of Family Sandplay Therapy and School-Based Play Therapy, editor and contributor of Expressive and Creative Arts Methods for Trauma Survivors.