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Close-Up Spotlights therapist Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer

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Therapists and psychologists certainly have their hands full with the increasing diagnosis of anxiety and depression in today’s world. There are many methods of treatment and in most cases, curing someone is a long grueling process. The method of Sandplay Therapy has been increasingly used across the world as a tool for therapists and psychologists alike to locate sources for issues in patients.

Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer is a certified licensed international psychotherapist who specializes in treating adults and children of all ages. The majority of issues Sylvia witnesses range from emotional issues, depression, to anxiety.

Sylvia went on to earn her Ph.D in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. While interning, Sylvia became fascinated by Sandplay Therapy and completed further certification in Sandplay Therapy.

Sandplay Therapy was developed in the 1950s and 60s by Jungian therapist Dora Kalff in Switzerland based on the methods of C.G. Jung. The International Society for Sandplay Therapy (http://www.isst-society.com/) defines Sandplay as “a creative form of therapy using the imagination, “a concentrated extract of the life forces both physical and psychic.” (C.G.Jung) It is characterized by the use of sand, water and miniatures in the creation of images within a “free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship and the sand tray.

Sylvia’s experience and extensive knowledge have earned her the privilege to serve on the board of directors for both, The International Society for Sandplay Therapy and The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy. Sylvia is a well-respected international instructor and runs her very successful practice in Ontario, Canada.

For more information about Sylvia call 613-548-0969 or email s.simonyi@sympatico.ca.