I am an accredited Play Therapist-supervisor based in Scarborough on the beautiful NorthYorkshire Coast. I work with domestic abuse survivors, fostered and adopted children and I am on the approved provider list for therapeutic services for Yorkshire & Humber Adoption Consortium
My first experience of sandplay came during my play therapy training in 2007 and it knocked me off my feet. I found my first tray to be so powerful, offering me insights that were previously hidden and I am now a passionate advocate for working with this gentle medium as well as other creative arts therapies. I find adults and children who are offered this approach are able to move forward with their lives with more intuitive knowledge and understanding of themselves. I certainly feel that my journey of self-discovery started with my very first sand tray and continued with Eunice Stagg with whom I have completed my AST Certified Sandplay training in 2017.
I am an Accredited Play Therapist, member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Sand Play Therapy.
I undertook my Sand Play training and process in the UK with Eunice Stagg and am a Registered Sand Play Therapist.
I initially studied Health and Social Care , completing my degree and then training as a lecturer .This culminated in lecturing in both Health and Social Care and Early Years on University of Essex, University of Suffolk and Anglia Ruskin University Courses.
During my time in teaching I began to recognise from both my personal and professional experiences, the impact of societal pressures and the personal and familial traumas that affected children and adolescents educational experiences .This provided the motivation to change careers and train in Play Therapy at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Whilst undertaking this training I experienced Sand Play and felt strongly drawn to this powerful medium.
I now work with adolescents in a specialist school for adolescents with Behavioural, Emotional, and Social difficulties, where I am privileged to regularly experience and observe the profound and amazing changes in clients initiated by this powerful modality. I feel honoured to be able to be part of holding my clients sand play process.
I have a deep interest in using Sand play with children and adolescents who acutely struggle with the social and emotional aspects of the Education System.
I also have a private Sand Play Therapy practice where I work with children, adolescent and adult clients .
My goal is to train for certification as a Sand Tray Therapist. I work with high acuity clients with co-occurring mental health/substance misuse disorders. In my experience, we often see the same individuals in residential high intensity treatment many times. We seem to use the same messages and strategies which may maintain the client often do not move the client to new understanding or insight. Clients are well versed in the language of recovery and tend to parrot these well work concepts back to us on each admission. I believe that sand tray therapy may be a productive way to circumvent this routinized process and move the client forward in new and different ways.