about jill carter
about jill carter training

About Jill Carter

Certified Sandplay Therapy Training Courses Jill Carter

Jill Carter is a pioneer of Integrative and Trauma-Informed Sandplay® and Art in the UK. Her courses are the only ones in the country to integrate traditional talking therapies (object relations, Jungian, Gestalt, person-centred and Transpersonal) with creative media such as sandplay, art, meditation, music and movement. The focus is on integrating theory and practice through play, spirituality and self exploration. Her ‘Working Creatively with Trauma’ course is unique in examining and illustrating the most commonly used trauma models through the lens of creative media such as sandplay with an open, compassionate and questioning heart. This makes even the most complex theories accessible to counsellors and psychotherapists working with children, adolescents and adults.

Jill is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor (MA, UKCP and BACP) with 15 years experience of working creatively. She is also an EMDR Therapist. Jill is a Registered Training Supervisor at a leading London counselling training college and travels all over the world teaching and supervising individuals and groups in sandplay and art. Before then, she spent more than 20 years as a presenter on national radio and TV.

Jill’s courses have already supported hundreds of counsellors, psychotherapists and students to become more expressive in their work and in life.

Sandplay and Trauma Courses Tutor - Lindsey Toogood

jill carter training creative supervision

Lindsey has been a practising integrative relational counsellor for over twenty years. She is an experienced play therapist, sand play practitioner, supervisor and mindfulness teacher. Lindsey combines creative, playful and body-based approaches into a holistic way of working. Lindsey used to be a primary school teacher and completed a master’s degree with an emphasis on psychology and child development.

Lindsey has worked for low-cost counselling services (adolescents and adults) and for a large relationship charity working in primary and secondary schools. She has a training in EMDR and is currently training in sensorimotor psychotherapy.

Sandplay Course Tutor - Helen Hawkins

Helen Hawkins is a BACP registered and adult, child, adolescent and family therapist who has been practicing in schools and private practice for eight years. Before this she was a PSHE and SENCO teacher in primary, secondary and special schools for twenty years. She loves to work with sandplay, meditation, visualisations art, play and storytelling. Helen works with sandplay with children, teenagers and adults in a person-centred way. She enables clients of all ages to process their problems through play helping them to develop a stronger sense of self. Helen supports students by teaching the theory of sandplay through doing sand trays in a small supportive group.

Trauma Course Tutor - Bekki Watson

Bekki Watson is a Dramatherapist registered with the HCPC. She has experience in working as a therapist in community services, social care, schools and adult mental health, learning disabilities and forensics. She has many years’ experience working with children and young people with trauma and obsessive compulsive behaviours including eating disorders. She has also delivered group therapy to dramatherapists in training. Bekki has a background in Performing arts and feels passionately about drama, play and creativity.

What We Do

Small groups led by experts in the creative trauma field

  • Interactive, friendly, supportive
  • Working with children, adolescents and adults
  • Practical skills for schools, NHS, private practice
  • Creative learning through our own sandtrays
  • Largest collection of sandplay figures in the UK
  • Clear explanation of theory
  • Latest evidence-based research
  • Works to BACP ethical standards

Consultancy Services

In addition to teaching our scheduled courses, we can provide bespoke training courses for counsellors, psychotherapists, teaching staff and health workers. This includes our Certificate in Integrative Sandplay, Certificate in Integrative Art or shorter tailored courses on many aspects of creative therapy and supervision. We have supplied trainings to local authorities, schools and counselling services. If you are able to provide sand trays and other equipment, we are happy to do sandplay trainings on site across the UK. Contact Jill for details.

We can provide speakers at conferences and webcasts on sandplay, art, creativity in the counselling field, trauma work and supervision. We are also available for comments and interviews in the press, social media, online and radio/TV.


Our Values

  • EXPERTISE targeted at needs of people on courses (tailored to fit each group) – Jill Carter is the top person in the UK AND believes in rigorous training and know how IN ORDER to target help for students in a place of safety.
  • Showing and EXPRESSING FEELINGS through creativity can work better than just words – Sandplay and art (and other creative arts) help us communicate in a non threatening way which allows us to heal – sometimes without saying very much.
  • SMALL GROUPS bring community feeling and support – Much more one to one attention than elsewhere. Builds group spirit. Many groups go on to do a number of courses together. Group will stay the same.
  • Taking time to train and REFLECT for yourself brings huge benefits for you and your clients – Looking after yourself is really important when you do a job like this which can be very draining. Most people identify this as an unmet need before they come on courses.
  • CREATIVE PLAY enables the natural healing we all have inside of us – Believe that you yourself and the kind space you create for yourself and your client through creative play is already enough. Being is more important than doing.

Our Purpose

To facilitate healing for ourselves and others, through expressive creative activities which directly connect with our hearts and essence.

Our Mission

To provide support and training, in a participatory way, that awakens creativity and self-expression to open hearts for kinder relationships.

Our Vision

A business based on a team of teachers and supervisors (using integrative sandplay, art, music, drama, gongs, dance, meditation) who encourage counsellors to put aside their regular thinking and use their creative imagination and heart in their work.

Plus, pioneering, developing, devising and encouraging a creative way of working with sandplay and trauma.