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Come hear and learn with Madeleine De Little and her 

“Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray” (NSST) approach.

The Event Features: 

A description of her client-work, demonstrations and experiential examples in the sand tray, followed by interactive conversation with the audience. 

Madeleine is hosted by Linda Chapman & Alok Srivastava, her co-founders. 

On-Demand Content Includes:

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    • EVENT REPLAY: Part 1

    • EVENT REPLAY: Part 2

    • Community Discussion Forum

What Others are Saying About this Event

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Mandy Ma

I learned a lot from this training, and was once again shocked by the rapid and profound effects of NSST. Madeleine's attention to the body in the whole proc...

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I learned a lot from this training, and was once again shocked by the rapid and profound effects of NSST. Madeleine's attention to the body in the whole process impressed me, especially how to stay in the metaphor, pull the client back to the present moment by asking about feelings, and tune with client by breathing, etc. Thank you again for the opportunity to participate.

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Madeleine De Little


Dr. De Little is the recipient of the 2021 Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Counsellor Practitioner Award. She is a highly regarded psychotherapist who achieves extraordinary results. She has designed an approach that puts clients, without words, in touch with the deeply buried impact of past trauma through images created with figurines in the sand tray. Right brain to right brain psychotherapy and working in the metaphor bring about epigenetic change. Well-formulated process questions of the figurines based on the Satir Model give words to the newly emerging Self.

Dr. De Little teaches Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray (NSST)™ in Canada, China, Thailand, Singapore, Slovakia, the USA and the Czech Republic. She presents at international conferences and is a Senior Faculty Member of the Banmen Satir China Management Centre. She is a counsellor for the First Nations Health Authority and the Criminal Victims Assistance Program and a founding member of Playful Dyads, a group dedicated to bringing right brain to right brain practice to the forefront of modern psychotherapy.

Excerpts from Madeleine's Recent Paper

  • “... developed a way of working in the sand tray that she called “Neuroscience and Satir in the Sand Tray” (NSST; De Little, 2017, 2019a, 2019b). This is a comprehensive way of working with both children and adults using figurines in the sand tray combined with the latest research in neuroscience and an updated application of Virginia Satir’s psychotherapeutic approach.``

  • “The NSST approach is founded on the belief that therapy has to allow for the implicit, unconscious expression of the right-brain self-system, and the sand tray facilitates this process through the creation of symbols and pictures of the unconscious, implicit right-brain system.”

  • “... introducing the term novel metaphor. A figurine needs no explanation as a metaphor for part of the client’s internal world, but a novel metaphor does require explanation. A novel metaphor is an unconventional, unfamiliar, and unique image and concept outside of conscious awareness. Novel metaphors resonate with stored energy patterns that have no words in the embodied mind."

Where Words Can't Reach

Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sand Tray