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Mental health in schools for therapists

Article by Emma Steadman   Mental health in schools is a priority It is really important to lay the foundations of a good relationship at the beginning, so give time to contracting with the school leaders. Many of the places you work may not have had counsellors at the school or may not have thought…

Five Ways that Sandplay Works

Five Ways that Sandplay Works

It doesn’t rely on words If you have ever asked a child how his/her day was at school or asked a teenager how they are feeling, you will already know that words have limits! Sandplay works because it is a great way of helping someone to express himself or herself without having to talk to…

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Creativity and Wellbeing: Support for Therapists

Written by Cara Williams   As busy therapists, we spend a lot of time dealing with other people’s problems. Our own creativity and wellbeing can suffer as a result. While we’re trained to protect ourselves using  boundaries, some client work is very emotionally draining. This is as true in sandplay therapy and creative trauma work…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment

As we pause to remember the centenary of World War One, we reflect on how post traumatic stress disorder treatment has developed in those 100 years.   We hold in our minds and hearts the millions who died in the Two World Wars and many other conflicts. 20,000 British soldiers lost in the D-Day Normandy…

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Feeling vulnerable and being strong

I am reading Brené Brown’s new book “Dare to Lead”, which is all about the importance of feeling vulnerable and owning it in business. The book leaves me thinking about the role that vulnerability plays in counselling, sandplay and creative arts therapy. Supervisors and teachers tell us (consciously or unconsciously) that feeling emotionally doesn’t help…

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The signs and symptoms of burnout

Whether you’re a counsellor, teacher, social worker or psychotherapist, you are dedicating much of your life to looking after others. Whilst this can be extremely rewarding, it can also be very stressful and emotionally draining. Especially if you are also a parent or caring for a family member. It’s therefore easy to ignore the signs…

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How does Integrative Sandplay Therapy work?

If you are interested in sandplay therapy training, you have probably looked at many different courses. Sand play is described as Jungian Sandplay in most places and integrative sandplay therapy in a few. What’s the difference? Sandplay sprang up organically in the 1920s when counsellors in London noticed young child clients started putting toys into…