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Pre-RECORDED: Sandtray therapy and polyvagal theory: Practical implications for trauma treatment

  • 10/09/2020
  • 10/09/2021

Conceptualizing effective trauma treatment through the lens of polyvagal theory requires counselor and client to engage in a process of co-regulation. Utilizing creative approaches which activate the right-brain processing mode, such as sandtray therapy, promote client’s successful transition from a place of high alert or immobilization to a sense of safety and healing. This session explains a step-by-step integrative approach through the use of case studies and empirical evidence.

Learning objectives:

1. Participants will combine constructs from polyvagal theory and sandtray therapy, and apply them to practical discussions of clinical case studies.

2. Participants will evaluate the benefits and limitations of implementing polyvagal theory and sandtray therapy in trauma treatment.

3. Participants will discuss research findings from the literature examining the efficacy of creative modalities for trauma treatment.

Presenter bio:

Dr. Maya Georgieva is a licensed professional counselor in both Virginia and Maryland. She is also a full-time college professor at the graduate counseling program at Messiah University in Pennsylvania. She has presented on the topics of counseling, mental health, and wellness at local, national, and international conferences.  

As a clinician, she specializes in treating anxiety in adult, teen, and pre-teen clients by intentionally integrating mindfulness meditation exercises into counseling sessions. Dr. Georgieva's counseling approach is based on a holistic understanding of wellness, which combines kindness with science. Her professional certification in Humanistic Sandtray Therapy allows her to bring playfulness and creativity to her clinical practice. As a personal self-care practice, she has been taking QiGong moving meditation classes since 2015

1 NBCC clock hours earned.


This pre-recorded session was offered during the 2020 MCA Conference. To purchase access to all of the recorded content from the conference, please reach out to Cathie Eaton, MCA Event Registrar.

The Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) is an NBCC - Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No 2021. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

Questions? Reach out to Dr. Maya Georgieva at Credentialing@MDCounseling.org

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