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.
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.
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 also 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 therefore enables clients of all ages to process their problems through play. For instance, by helping them to develop a stronger sense of self. Helen teaches the theory of sandplay by supporting students to do their own sand trays in a small, supportive group.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
To facilitate healing for ourselves and others through expressive creative activities which directly connect with our hearts and essence.
To provide support in a community that awakens creativity and self-expression to open hearts to kinder relationships.
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.