The Sand Tray – Theory & Practice – 9th February 2019


Katia trained as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and is a HCPC registered Art Therapist. She is experienced in using the sand tray therapeutically with both children and adults, particularly with individuals who have survived traumatic childhoods. She has worked in the NHS, in primary schools and in the charity sector, including Counselling Plus.

This workshop can be considered as a follow up to the experiential, process-oriented, workshops held at Counselling Plus in 2018, as well as a standalone workshop, open to anyone who is curious about using the sand tray with adult clients or developing their use of the sand tray.

This session will be illustrated with a range of examples in order to support participants’ knowledge, skills and understanding of this powerful intervention.


Through role play and discussion of practice, including examples of client work, we will reflect on:

  • When, why and how we use a sand tray with clients
  • How psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psycho-educational approaches can inform the facilitation and supervision of sand tray work (this is dependent on the theoreticalorientation of participants on the day)
  • Contraindications: when and why not to use or offer the sand tray


By the end of the day, each participant will have:

– experienced, practised and reflected on ways of introducing the sand tray to a client

– experienced, practised and reflected on ways of grading interventions when using a sand tray

– considered how to use the sand tray in (self) supervision

– begun developing their rationale for using the sand tray in counselling

If you have experience of facilitating sand tray work with clients, please bring one or two anonymous examples (photographs or diagrams) that you are willing to share with colleagues, in small groups, on the day.

 You will receive a certificate for 6 hours CPD

Fees:  £40 for Counselling Plus Counsellors

£60 for all other attendees

Venue: St Nicholas Centre, London Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN37 6AS

Tea/coffee is provided please bring a packed lunch

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