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.
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 a social worker in a small therapeutic service core funded by our local authority. I work with children / young people who have experienced trauma and are struggling to recover. We also support families and our work is flexible to meet the individual needs of each family. Non-directive play is the basis of our work and from this I developed an interest in sandplay therapy. I qualified as a practitioner in sandplay therapy (PTUK) in 2017 and am working towards being registered as an STR. Our service also provides a consultation service to a wide range of people including parents, adopters, foster carers and schools.