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.
I am an art therapist who became interested in Jung and Sandplay through the Michigan Play Therapy Association a few years back . I work part time at Henry Ford Hospital with folks who have cancer , part time with children and teens in trouble with the law in a trauma focused art therapy paradigm. I also see individuals and groups in private practice . My speciality is trauma related therapy .
I have been working with sandplay therapy and art therapy with primary and secondary learners who have been excluded from mainstream education.
The children liked the sand play however the progress they have made began to unravel as the school went through some turbulent times. I witnessed how the children were unable to engage when a safe and protected environment was absent. There was a high incidence of assaults and injuries, teachers were stressed and many left for better employment.
The school is one of a national group of schools providing alternative education to mainstream schools. It is run by a private academy which is finding itself in financial difficulties. The Academy recently closed its entire therapy service making 15 therapists redundant, myself included. I am currently seeking new work as a school art therapist.
I am a sandplay therapist, with a thriving practice located on Dublin’s beautiful coastline.
My work is primarily concerned with somatic expressions of psychological stress in children and adolescents. Our bodies can carry tension, trauma and strain. Where adults can often verbally express the traumas they have experienced, children often cannot. Sandplay therapy is thus an extremely effective treatment for young clients; the work is sub-verbal, often archetypal, primal and instinctual. In my professional experience, sandplay therapy can be of great benefit and relief to children presenting with recurring somatic symptoms.
I hold a Masters Degree in Practice-Based Therapy from Christchurch University of Canterbury, UK. In addition to my Masters Degree, I have undertaken extensive training and study in sandplay therapy with internationally regarded experts Dr. Barbara Turner and Eunice Stagg. My masters thesis, titled The Effect of Sandplay Therapy on a Child Affected by Somatic Symptoms, has been published in The Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, edited by Dr. Barbara Turner and published by Routledge in 2017.
As a former art and ceramic teacher I am passionate about the use of the imagination, imagery and symbol work and this took on more significant as I commenced training to become a therapist in 1989. However, my own journey using sand in therapy began in 1997 when I was studying a Masters degree in the Arts in Therapy and Education in London. Later I undertook an Advanced Sandplay Therapy training in France with Dr Sylvia Simonyi-Elmer and my Jungian Sandplay training was conducted by Professor Barbara Turner in California.
As Director of the Bridging Creative Therapies Consultancy I am fascinated in the use of earth mediums namely clay and sand in therapy, incorporating the arts wherever appropriate. I am especially interested in how clients move from sand work into clay work and vice versa sometimes in a session and at other times through a series of sessions. For this reason I see clay therapy as a sister therapy to sandplay therapy.
Being interested in researching the creative arts, play therapy and allied modalities I was an academic supervisor and mentor to therapists writing Masters dissertations for nearly ten years and this was particularly exciting and rewarding.
I offer individual sandplay consultation face to face and group consultations in my warmly welcoming consultation room in Cambridgeshire. Skype individual consultations are also arranged.
I adopt a collaborative approach in consultations when hearing about sandplay case material and in viewing photographs a shared exploration moves therapists towards developing symbolic attitude. All this unfolds whilst taking into consideration the relationship that develops between the therapist and client and here my initial object-relations training plays a significant part in helping to understand the intuitive experience.
I look forward to hearing from you if you wish to discuss sandplay therapy consultations or academic writing relating to this mode of psychotherapy.
Robbie uses a range of recognised, evidence based, therapeutic counselling approaches to support individuals with clinical and sub clinical issues. He is trained in psychological therapies, works within an individual’s cultural and societal system and, where appropriate, incorporates psychometrics, diagnostics, and bio-medical considerations. Robbie’s work is sometimes accomplished in conjunction and co-operation with other health care professionals when required. Robbie has undertaken specialized training in expressive therapies, including Sandplay Therapy, and Interactive Drawing Therapy, both of which inform his practice framework in developmental guidance and counselling.
Biography Eunice Stagg MA, CST, MBACP (Senior Accredited), AST STR-Supervisor, Dip Theology. She is a Registered Sandplay Therapist and a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Eunice is a teaching member of, and serves on the council of The Association for Sandplay Therapy (AST) she has been an Associate Lecturer for both Canterbury Christchurch University in the UK and the National University of Ireland Galway. She is an Accredited Play Therapist, and has conducted Sandplay trainings in the USA, Africa, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore and many countries throughout the world.
Her Sandplay Trainings have been adopted by The Association of Sandplay Therapists as core trainings leading to full registration as a Sandplay Therapist with the Association. She is also available for sandplay supervision, consultation and personal process.
Eunice holds a special interest in the interface between Jungian Psychology, Sandplay and Spirituality. She has led many successful spiritual retreats bringing together a combination of these paradigms and encouraging participants in their own personal journey towards individuation. She is a contributing author to The International Book of Sandplay Therapy (Routledge 2017) and has published articles in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy and The Jungian Sandplay Therapy Almanac. She lives and works in The United Kingdom and has a private Sandplay Practice working with both Adults and Children.
I am in private practice in rural Wyoming. I am a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and now a Registered Sandplay Therapist. I work primarily with children using Sandplay Therapy and Experiential Play Therapy.
Barbara Turner began her study of Jungian sandplay therapy with the founder of the method, Dora M. Kalff, in Switzerland in 1988. Her interests and explorations of sandplay continue to this day.
Dr. Turner has done extensive research into the theory and healing process of sandplay. She focused her doctoral studies on the sandplay method, writing her dissertation on methods of understanding sandplay process. Dr. Turner was instrumental in returning the classic books in sandplay to print, and is the author of what is considered by some to be the authoritative text on Jungian sandplay, The Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, now translated into Korean, Chinese and Italian. She teaches sandplay therapy to mental health clinicians internationally, and serves as consultant to practicing sandplay & play therapists.
Dr. Turner has co-authored with Dr. Kristín Unnsteinsdottír, Sandplay and Storytelling: The Impact of Imaginative Thinking on Children’s Learning and Development. She has also published The Teachings of Dora Kalff, both of which you can read about on our “Books” page.
Dr. Turner is the founder the the Association for Sandplay Therapy – AST, the international professional organization dedicated to maintaining the core principles of Sandplay in our work and teaching – clarity, loving kindness & humility.