Are you a therapist or counsellor who
tries to meet the needs of your clients where they are at each moment?
believes in your client's own powerful inner wisdom source to bring them to their individual fullness?
sees the simple beauty and congruence in the dialogue between your client's unconscious with their conscious?
wants your client's intuition to guide them [not any advice they might seek from you]?
celebrate the shifts within your client and the translation of growth and change in their daily lives?
trusts in or are intrigued by the unique power of sand as a powerful therapeutic medium?
look to safely hold your client's process and the material that arises through your connectedness to your own presence?
is looking to expand your skills set?
is intrigued by creative therapy and/or want to learn more about using sand therapeutically?
If so, SandStory Therapy® may be a wonderful skill to add to your 'Toolkit' of skills, whether you offer creative therapy already or mainly talking therapy.
Who is SandStory Therapy® training for?
The training is suitable for qualified Therapists or Counsellors including: Play and Creative Arts Therapists, Drama Therapists, Art Therapists as well as talking-based Therapists looking to introduce a creative component to their practice etc. It is best suited to those who are qualified or reaching the end of their training as it presupposes solid clinical skills.
For those for whom working with sand is entirely new, you are very welcome to attend as the training builds on layers and offers you a well-tailored experience to build your confidence and competence. Please fill in the appropriate section in the application form so that I can support you in this new medium.
SandStory in Supervision
This is an expansive way for supervisees to reflect on their clinical work and their own processes working with their clients, including transference and counter-transference. This is a gentle, safely structured and warmly held approach for supervisees whether they are used to creative media or not.
Next training date: 7 March 2020. Please do register your interest with me at for other possible dates and more details on this 2 day training. Update: training full.
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Lara has thoughtfully, safely and carefully adapted SandStory for non-therapists including Educational Psychologists, SENCO's, CAMHS workers, Social Workers, Behaviour Support Practitioners and Mental Health nurses etc, This course focuses on the safe remit of a non-therapist and is called SandStory Skills.
The training is essentially 'table-top work' where symbols are used on tables,on the floor, or in sand trays where clients are invited to 'tell their story'.
Next training date: 11 and 12 March 2020. This is a weekday date although we can create a bespoke 2 day workshop during the weekend for Organisations and Service providers. Please do contact me at email@example.com. Update: training full.
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What is SandStory Therapy®?
SandStory Therapy® is a gentle and safe way of working therapeutically with sand and symbols within a contained sandtray that offers clients the opportunity to tell their 'story in the sand'.
SandStory Therapy® encourages a respectful and sensitive dialogue between the unconscious and the conscious so that the wisdom from within is heard, seen and experienced. In turn, this is taken into daily life and natural, very organic shifts occur.
SandStory Therapy® has it's roots in the narrative tradition of Story-telling and Sandtray Therapy. This latter was developed by Margaret Lowenfeld in the early part of her work in the 1920's. Having trained in Sandplay Therapy and studied Sandtray Therapy as well as Story-telling, SandStory Therapy© has been developed in a way that complements other therapeutic approaches.
SandStory Therapy® has at it's heart the therapist's ability to remain grounded in their own presence and be fully present each moment to their client. It allows them to attune to their client's needs and pace which enables empowerment and growth for the client.
Who can benefit from SandStory Therapy®?
SandStory Therapy© fits well with children from the age of 8 years onwards, teenagers/young adults and adults right through to senior adults. It can be used in multiple ways and for a spectrum of referral issues:
Support groups such as bereavement or addiction groups
Professionals such as Teachers, TAs, Educational Psychologists, SENCO's, CAMHS workers, Social Workers, Mental Health nurses etc
SandStory Therapy® Training is available as a live, in-person training in London, UK. and available online from September 2020. Enrollment on the online course is through an application and a Zoom consultation and is for non-UK residents only at present.
Please see below for UK dates.
Please consider the following points before applying:
Working therapeutically with sand opens 'the subliminal door to the unconscious'. Training is essential and requires a high level of safety and ethical integrity in the therapist. Therefore, the focus of the training is on delivering SandStory Therapy® sessions in a way that is ethical, safe, gentle and empowering for our clients.
As with all therapeutic training, there is a high level of experiential work. This can activate the participants' unconscious and trigger ongoing material. Participants are encouraged to hold themselves safely and appropriately within the containment offered by a training - not therapy - group.
It is expected that, as a qualified therapist or counsellor, you are accessing regular clinical supervision and that your SandStory Therapy® work can be discussed within those sessions. However, if you do wish to discuss your SandStory Therapy® work with Lara, she would be delighted to support you.
If you would like to know more or register your interest please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming training dates as well as an outline of the Training is listed below.
SandStory Therapy® Training 2020
Please note Workshops run on weekends as well as on weekdays (Thursdays and Fridays).
Online training in SandStory Therapy® is being planned for September 2020. Please register your interest at email@example.com.
If you and 3 others would like to attend together, please let Lara know and we will arrange a date that suits the 4 of you.
Workshop dates 2020:
18 and 19 January - FULL
6 and 7 February (Thursday/Friday) - FULL
21 and 22 March - FULL
30 and 31 May [in Limasoll, Cyprus) - FULL
27 and 28 June - 4 spaces available
2 and 3 July (Thursday/Friday) - 2 spaces available. Please note a BSL interpreter will be present
19 and 20 September - 4 spaces available
22 and 23 October (Thursday/Friday) - 2 spaces available
28 and 29 November - Chapter 2 (advanced level, for those who completed Chapter 1 training only) - FULL
12 and 13 December - 4 spaces available
Course information: See link for more
Times: 9.00am - 5.00pm [Saturday/Day 1] and 9.00am - 4.00pm [Sunday/Day 2]
Food: Please bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee, biscuits, crisps and fruit and all other manner of refreshments are provided through-out the day. There is a kitchen available for your use serving hot chocolate, latte, and cappuccino. Thanks to Twinings there is every tea under the sun. But do bring your own faves too.
Parking: there is free and ample parking at the practice.
Venue: The SandStory Centre, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 3PF UK - full address on booking.
Once you book on, you will receive the full address of the SandStory Centre, based in Stanmore.
Accessible by underground tube station (Jubilee line). There is a 10 minute car journey from Stanmore tube station and a taxi cab right at the station (Jubilee cars at 020 8954 8000). Alternatively Harrow and Wealdstone tube and train station is served by London Northwestern Railway and Southern overground trains as well as the London Underground Bakerloo line. This is a 6 minute car journey away from the SandStory Centre.
Main roads are M25 and M1. If you are coming by car, I do recommend the free app 'Waze' - it's saved me loads of time and stress.
Heathrow airport is the nearest airport.
The nearest accommodation is onsite at the venue with bed and breakfast available. There are 2 double rooms each at £60 per person per night. Two people sharing a double room is £100 per night including breakfast for both. Please email Lara for availability.
Grimsdyke Hotel which is a 6 minute drive from the SandStory Centre. Their website is https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/best-western-plus-grims-dyke-hotel-83956. Always check www.trivago.co.uk for best room deals.
The Premier Inn in Edgware is about a 15 minute drive.
Trainings cost £300 per person until 2021 when they will be £340. Full payment is requested prior to the training. Payment can be made in full or by 2 installments.
Included in the Training:
Also included is an Interactive Workbook and an opportunity to grab a bargain SandSymbol bought from the SandSymbol Shop.
Places are limited to a group of 4 so that there is a high quality of attention and focus on each participant. Courses will run if numbers are 4 (2 pairs) but may be rescheduled if there aren't sufficient numbers.
Please email me for an application form which also gives payment details. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask at firstname.lastname@example.org.