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JSST. 2019;10(2): 19-36.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.19008
The Toad Houses as a Symbol of Transformation of Maternity
Young Joo Lee
Psychological Counseling Center for Happy Mind, Counselor
Corresponding Author: Young Joo Lee ,Email: yklisa@hanmail.net
Received: October 30, 2019; Revised: December 9, 2019   Accepted: December 23, 2019.  Published online: December 31, 2020.
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In this study I analyzed the symbolic meaning of the toad houses made by clients in sandplay therapy. For this purpose, I explored toad houses created by four clients who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties. They sang a lyrics of the song “toad, toad, I will give you an old house, give me a new house” while playing with sand. In order to analyze the symbolism of toadhouses, I examined counseling records that contained verbal and nonverbal expression of the children during the therapy session, sandplay images created by clients, and record of counseling with the mothers. As a result, Four clients were commonly not nurtured warmly in their early lives from their mothers. They were making toad houses at the ‘turning point’ in relation to the positive mother-child unity phase, when they were getting out of the negative mother-child relationships and attempting psychological independence. In conclusion the toad houses were represented as a symbol of transformation of death and rebirth of maternity in sandplay therapy.
Keywords: toadhouse | transformation | maternity
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