Having been an accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist for many years, I saw time after time the power of Sandplay Therapy with my clients. Having qualified as a Registered Sandplay Therapist with the AST, I now work with adults and witness again their growth in coming to know themselves deeply through this powerful and gentle medium.
I work in a beautiful private practice in Borehamwood, Hertfordhire in the UK, an easy commute from Central London. Whilst I have a range of clients I have also supported many therapists who are seeking to develop their practice through their own Sandplay process. This has been an incredible honour.
As a mobile Sandplay Therapist I also work closely with those who are unable to come to my practice. For example, it is a joy to work with enclosed, contemplative communities for whom Sandplay seems to be a natural element to explore soul-centred issues.
I am particularly interested in the link between spirituality and Sandplay and am currently exploring how the practice of mindfulness by the Sandplay Therapist creates a deeper therapeutic relationship and holding through presence. In the future I hope to do my PhD on this topic.
As a University lecturer, I offer support to Sandplay Therapists in how to set up and grow a successful Sandplay Therapy Private Practice training, Therapist self-care days and will soon run a new workshop entitled ‘The Mindful Therapist’.
Anita is a registered Sandplay Therapist and has had many years of experience working with children. Anita truly believes in the effectiveness of this non-verbal form of play therapy as she has been able to observe its positive results across cultures. Her travels have allowed her the opportunity to work with children both in the Caribbean and England where she has been able to observe the positive effect that Sandplay has had on them despite the huge differences in culture. Anita’s moto is that ‘play is the universal language of children’ and it is though play that they are able to communicate most effectively as well as heal. Anita qualified as a Sandplay Practitioner with Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and then further went on to qualify as a Sandplay Therapist with the Association for Sandplay Therapy. She currently runs a private practice as well as visits local primary schools to offer Sandplay Therapy to individuals at school. Recently she has also been supporting therapists with their personal process in Sandplay. Her background in music and fine art also help to shape the therapeutic work that she carries out with her clients.
I work for BREEZE OF HOPE FOUNDATION ( http://www.abreezeofhope.org ) who has CUBE program in Bolivia.
CUBE (Breeze of Hope Center) is a transdisciplinare Center (with legal, psychological and social work areas), for children and adolescents who were sexual abused.
I started in CUBE two years ago (2016), working with children an adolescents in the terapeutic field. Also, I work with the parents and the rest of the family preventing re-victimizations situations against the surviviors. I also participate in court giving my testimony of the case, or accompanying the survivors in court when they have to give their testimonies.
At the prevention area of the program, I do workshops in schools or colleges about children´s rights, trauma and the effects of sexual abuse in humains beings.
All the services at the Center are free of charge, benefitting families with not economic resources.
I´m psychologist with a Master degree in AFFECTIVE AND APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (2015) from the PUBLIC UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA – SWITZERLAND (UNIGE)
This fall I´m finishing my basic training for EMDR with the iberoamerican association. And I’m continuing my preparation for being a SANDPLAY THERAPIST with a group of psychologist at CUBE.
Having worked in the field of early childhood education (ECE) for over 30 years, I value the importance and significance of the early years in an individual’s development. In the past one year, I have had the privilege of working with children and families from vulnerable /disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this work, I have come to realise that the healthy development of the child’s psyche and socio-emotional well-being is very much affected by the quality of experiences and interactions with his/her parents, peers, teachers etc. In particular, for those who have experienced difficult childhoods and attachments with their parents, there is a need to provide for them a means for inner healing and support.
I hope to be able to use my experience in ECE as well as my training in sandplay therapy to support healthy mental and emotional development of children and adults.
In addition, I aspire to be able to contribute to building the body of knowledge around sandplay therapy through applied research in order to help more people have a better understanding of the value and benefits of sandplay therapy.
I qualified as a Practitioner of Therapeutic Play Skills in January 2012 and in February 2016 as a Certified SandPlay Practitioner. My training was undertaken with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. (APAC /PTUK) I also hold the NNEB qualification which was awarded in 1981. My early career was in a Social Services Day Nursery, then owning and leading a Private Nursery School for 5 years, and for the last 15 years as a Nursery Nurse in an Infant and Nursery School.
In September 2016 I made the decision to concentrate on my Therapeutic and SandPlay work and left my role as a Nursery Nurse. I now work with children between the ages of 4 and 7 years in two Infant Schools for two and half days a week. The work can be challenging as there are serious social and economic problems in the schools catchment area, all of which has an impact on the children and their families I work with.
I continue to be excited by my work and enjoy my regular Continuous Professional Development courses and appreciate the amazing support from my Supervisor Eunice Stagg. Currently I am attending Family Life in the Therapeutic Space, a series of six workshops led by Dr Lynne Souter Anderson and Chris Wise. This summer I will also attend a SandPlay weekend retreat led by Eunice Stagg. My aim this year is also to begin Barbara Turners online course, and hopefully work my way through the further courses on offer.
As well as my part time work I am a wife, mother to our son and daughter and gran to our delightful granddaughters and feel blessed to still have the luxury of spending time with my elderly parents.
I have a compassionate and creative therapeutic style, inspired by working with families, individuals, and youths in educational, hospital and forensic settings for the past decade.
Journeying with each client has ignited my clinical interests in learning difficulties, workplace wellness, trauma, mindfulness, spirituality, and neurobiological perspectives.
Presently, I engage with a diverse repertoire of therapeutic techniques. Sandplay therapy will be a primary or adjunctive therapy for children and adults, in combination with cognitive, behavioural, and experiential approaches, where appropriate. Together with the client, we will discover what is needed and desired.
Sometime in the future, I hope to pursue my research interests in the neurobiological mechanisms, and aspects of mindfulness and narratives of spirituality, in the Sandplay process.
Anum Malik is a therapist who currently practices in Karachi. Her training and experience have led her to specialize in working with children, teenagers and their families. She works with individuals and groups using humanistic integrative counselling techniques, sand, play and art.
She is a highly qualified and trained Psychologist with an MSc. in Clinical & Health Psychology from the University of Manchester (UK), and has pursued specialized training in order to work with children and families. Anum is working towards becoming a fully licensed Play Therapist with CAPT, Canada. Her passion is to help build up family units, either by working with individuals (children or adults) or by using dyadic therapies such as Theraplay. Her most recent training was in Sandplay Therapy (UK) with the Association of Sandplay Therapy. She provides Jungian Sandplay Therapy for clients of all ages, who may be looking for nontraditional and nonverbal therapeutic interventions. Anum enjoys the experience of being able to provide a safe space where changes can take place in the psyche, through the unspoken art of working in the sand.
Anum supervises psychologists and therapists that use creative tools in their work. Since completing her Clinical Supervision Diploma with CPPD, she provides individual and group supervision across Pakistan. Anum now trains therapists to use directive and non directive play therapy techniques in their work.
Anum also provides training and workshops for parents, teachers and professionals in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. At the moment she manages her own private practice, Creative Counselling and more information can be found at Facebook.com/creativecounsellingpk.
I am a Company Director / independant Social Worker/ play therapist and work with fostered children . It is
important that I stay up to date with playtherapy training and be able to support my team in persuing ways of
working with children therapeutically and it is useful for me to apply sandplay techniques when working with
Social work degree Birmingham City University
Social work post graduate in practice education of degree students Birmingham University
Basic Counselling certificate
Working with bereavement in young people CPD certificate National Fostering Agency
Play Theray Certificate PTUK
Play Therapy Sand workshops BFT
I’m an integrative therapist with 15 years’ counselling experience. My primary training is in the person-centred approach and this remains the bedrock of my practice. Having worked for 4 large counselling agencies within Northern Ireland, with adults and young people, I have had the privilege of counselling with people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultural, religious, sexual and gender identities.
After participating in an introductory workshop to Jungian Sandplay in 2012 I developed a reverence for the depth and expansiveness of this way of working. I engaged in my own personal process with a Certified Sandplay therapist (BISS) and am currently undertaking Certified Sandplay training with Eunice Stagg (AST). I very much embrace the transformative nature of becoming someone who offers sandplay, and count it a privilege to work this way, under supervision, with those who choose to use the sand, water and miniatures alongside traditional talking therapy.
In conjunction with sandplay training I am also currently completing a 2 year Infant Observation module with CAPPNI (Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Northern Ireland). This is developing my attentional ability, my capacity to “be” first and foremost fully present with each person, as opposed to at a distance with interventions and techniques.
If this type of therapy interests you, I would be delighted to hear from you to explore further your needs and whether we might work together.
I remember the first time I walked into a Sandplay workshop as it if was yesterday. In some ways I was overwhelmed, and couldn’t begin to think how this way of working could help. Yet within minutes I was hooked! So began a journey of self-discovery, which I have built upon over the years. This work is powerful and I recognised very early on that training was essential. I was blessed to complete my training under Eunice Stagg, with whom I have also helped offering workshops in the North East of England. Currently I am assisting her as she delivers Sandplay training in Ely, UK.
As a Bacp Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor I have 17 years’ experience of working with many client groups. I love my work, and find it can be so enhanced when clients choose to work in the sand.
I am happy for anyone to see my CV, which evidences advanced training of many kinds, but what I have understood most is that, it is my presence, and how I use that presence that influences the work most. With AST I have found the very best teachers, and I try to use the same qualities of clarity, loving kindness and humility in my own work. This work brings out a real passion in me. It is so often intangible, and hard to get hold off what makes it so powerful, but I am constantly surprised and enchanted in my work, and am happy, indeed honoured, to be alongside anyone who wants to complete their process.
My early background was in drama and puppetry and I trained as a dramatherapist in 1997. Since then I have worked in a variety of primary schools in London, working with children from 4–14 years old. I have been in an educational setting for 16 years, developing my work to include support for adults who work with children including teachers and parents. I have always worked with the arts in creative therapy and over the years I realised my practice had become focused around the sand tray. In 2013 I began working and exploring a Jungian approach. The in-depth study of sand trays and my own personal sandplay therapy convinced me I had discovered a way of working that resonated with me. I am now a registered Sandplay Therapist with the Sandplay Association working in school and in private practice at home. I am also a supervisor and incorporate work in the sand to explore the child and the therapist’s process within the supervisory relationship.