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.
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.
My educational background is in Psychology and Play Therapy. However, during my practice, I have found that I needed to understand the inner world of my clients, and allow them to access it as well. I have found that Sandplay Therapy works best, as it provides a safe and holding environment for my clients to access their unconscious material, and heal from within. I hope to become a Registered Sandplay Therapist, and bring Sandplay Therapy Training to Pakistan.
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.
I am a clinical psychologist and a specialist in educational psychology enrolled at the College of Psychologists of Romania. I work in the public education system with children who are aged between 3 and 18 years. The sandplay method of miniatures, water and sand is among the topics of personal professional interest. Both psycho-pedagogical assistance in school office and in private practice, I use the Sandtray Play in Education method, in which I was trained in 2016. Within specialized conferences, I have published articles on emotional intelligence, human values, parental involvement in education, role of the method Sandplay in school counseling activities.
My background is in teaching (Primary School) initially and then later, in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I counselled teenagers in a school setting for many years and worked with adult clients in a community-based counselling centre. I first encountered Sandplay as part of my Play Therapy training and was immediately drawn to this way of working, as a means to greater self understanding and healing. I subsequently created many personal trays in my own therapy / training journey and continued to be amazed by its gentle,
yet powerful nature.
At present I am working in private practice with adult clients. I offer Art Therapy and Sandplay Therapy to my clients. Having completed my AST Certified Sandplay training, I am looking forward to growing my Sandplay practice.
I am a Creative Arts Play Therapist with PTUK and an affiliated member with BAPT. My interest in Sand Play began as a teacher and through the musings of my own personal reflection.
Throughout my own personal journey and that of my clients I have experienced and have been a witness to the power and the gentleness of the sand, calling one forward for growth and wholeness.
I am working towards Sand Play Registration. I have a keen interest in how Jungian Psychology and sand play can be a gentle companion in supporting one in their faith journey. I envisage myself integrating Jungian sand play with my work as a Retreat facilitator and Spiritual director.
Disposition to Sandplay Work
By assigning my name here under, I agree that I understand the power and depth of Jungian Sandplay, and understand that practicing Sandplay is a sacred responsibility that demands reverence and humility. To maintain these values I agree to practice loving compassion with my clients, colleagues and with myself.