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.