about jill carter
about jill carter training

About Jill Carter

Certified Sandplay Therapy Training Courses Jill Carter

Jill Carter is a pioneer of Trauma-Informed Sandplay 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 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’s courses have already supported hundreds of counsellors, psychotherapists and students to become more expressive in their work and in life


She is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist and Supervisor (MA, UKCP and BACP) with nearly 20 years experience of working creatively. In addition, she is also an EMDR Therapist.  Jill is a Registered Training Supervisor at a leading London counselling training college. She 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.

Sandplay UK and Trauma Courses Tutor - Lindsey Toogood


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. She used to be a primary school teacher. Lindsey also completed a master’s degree with an emphasis on psychology and child development.

Lindsey has also 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 UK Course Tutor - Shirley Mearing

Shirley is an experienced creative arts’ and play therapist, filial play coach and clinical supervisor registered with PTUK. She is also a registered professional supervisor with the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society.

Shirley has over 30 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families from within the education, social care, mental health, voluntary and residential sectors.

She has a successful private therapeutic and supervision practice integrating creative arts including sandplay, bodywork and meditation.

In addition, Shirley is a qualified laughter therapy coach and EFT and Matrix re-imprinting practitioner registered with EFTMRI Academy.

She is currently undertaking further training in EMDR.

Sandplay UK Course Tutor - Tina Hesse

Tina is the Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Support Service Manager and safeguarding lead at Mind Jersey, which supports children, young people and families mental health and wellbeing.

Tina is a dedicated, passionate and experienced Positive Psychology Coach, Self Love Coach and Mindfulness teacher. Tina is a Wellbeing and Trauma Informed Practitioner as well as Integrative Sandplay Therapist, holistic therapist and creative supervisor. Tina also delivers safeguarding training and has lectured for over 15 years on subjects such as Childcare, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Counselling and Coaching courses.

Tina has worked therapeutically with primary school children, young people and adults for over 20 years. She has supported schools and colleges, government, voluntary and private sector departments, organisations and communities to promote and support holistic, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Expressive Arts UK Course Tutor - Irene Dudley-Swarbrick PhD

Irene tries to live her life creatively, colourfully and with compassion. She is a senior academic in Counselling and Psychotherapy training, teaching both talking therapies and Person-Centred Expressive Art Therapy.

In 2019, she launched and co-wrote the first MSc in Contemporary Creative Approaches . The course attracts students from not only the UK but internationally. She is a published researcher.

Irene also maintains a private practice offering Creative Psychotherapy that integrates her work as an Expressive Art Therapist with Process-Experiential and Emotion-Focused talking therapies. More recently her work includes specialising in supporting those experiencing eating difficulties. She is a Clinical Supervisor.

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 and social care. Also, schools, adult mental health, learning disabilities and forensics. Bekki has many years’ experience working with children and young people with trauma. Especially 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.

Sandplay UK & Trauma: What We Do

Small groups led by experts in the sandplay UK & 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 (2018) Ethical Framework

Sandplay UK & Trauma: Consultancy Services

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

We can also provide speakers at conferences and webinars on creativity. In particular, sandplay UK. art, trauma work and supervision. We are therefore available for comments and interviews in the press, social media, podcasts and radio/TV.


Sandplay UK & Trauma: Our Values

  • EXPERTISE targeted at needs of people on courses (tailored to fit each group).  Kind and focussed training to help students in a place of safety.
  • Showing and EXPRESSING FEELINGS through creativity can work better than just words. Sandplay 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 work 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 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 in a community that awakens creativity and self-expression to open hearts to kinder relationships.

Our Vision

A creative community of teachers and supervisors using sandplay, art, music, drama, gongs, dance and meditation. We encourage counsellors to put aside their regular thinking. Instead using their creative imagination and heart in their work.

Also, pioneering, developing, devising and encouraging new creative ways of working with sandplay and trauma.