I am a qualified Creative Arts and Play Therapist, Parenting and Attachment through Play Practitioner,EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping) Master Practitioner, Filial Play Coach, and Supervsior.
I work with Children and young people in a school and in my private practise. I am also a supervisior of trainee play therapists, Creative arts and Play therapists, Counsellors, Child Protection safeguarding leads and safe guarding advisor, and Education Practitioners. I am still training in Sandplay.
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.
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.