Robert Aikin MSW
I am a therapist who utilizes Sandplay in my practice. Over the last 13 years I have predominantly focused on trauma treatment and I am trained in a number of trauma treatment modalities. I completed two post- graduate certificate programs in Trauma Treatment. The first at the University of MD Baltimore School of social work in Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment, the second in Traumatic Stress Studies at The Trauma Center in Boston.
I was introduced to sand trays while attending play therapy training with Eleana Gil, I continued to study the use of sand trays in trauma treatment and began studying sandplay. I completed 140 hours of sand play training with Barbara Turner. I began my own sandplay process in 2011 and continue to see Sally Sugatt, STA teaching member weekly for ongoing in-depth therapy and continued sandplay processes (I completed well over 30 trays by 2014 , and continue to use sandplay in my own development, additionally, I completed 10 trays during my Level I and Level II training with Barbara Turner). I have completed 44 hours of sandplay supervision/consultation with Barbara Turner and an additional 5 or 6 hours of consultation with 2 STA teaching members Maria Chiaia and Lauren Cunningham). I attended the STA national conference in 2014 and completed an additional 24.5 hours in sandplay.
I am also trained and utilize the following therapeutic models: Dan Hughes’ Attachment focused Family Therapy: Basic and Advanced level, EMDR: Level I and Level II, Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (completed course and 30+ clinical supervision hours with the model developer), Attachment Regulation and Competency (Completed course and 8 months of weekly clinical supervision with Margaret Blaustein, PhD, model co-developer), Trauma Focuse- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Child Interactional Therapy- Trauma Adaptations,
I have recently opened a private practice were I hope to see a diverse range of clients in both age and diagnosis , and am hoping to balance a caseload of about thirty percent trauma cases with a caseload of non-trauma referred clients. I teach yearly on the use of sandplay in trauma processing as a part of the Trauma Center’s year long Traumatic Stress Studies Certification, and occasionally teach day long continuing education courses for the Trauma Center.
I hope to join a community of like minded therapists who have experienced the power of Sandplay in their personal and professional lives.