Drawing & Talking and Sand Tray Therapy

Does your child suffer from emotional difficulties or trauma?

I have trained as an Advanced Drawing and Talking Therapy Practitioner.  I can offer two different therapeutic interventions – Drawing & Talking or Sand Tray therapy.

These are gentle, non-intrusive therapeutic ways of working with people who need a little help to support their wellbeing.

Drawing & Talking is suitable for use with children from 5 years old but can also be a valuable intervention for adolescents, young people and all adults.  Sand Tray therapy works in a similar way but can also be suitable for children from 4 years old.

Drawing & Talking and Sand Tray therapy are designed as therapeutic early interventions that complement the work of CAMHS or other specialist therapies and are ideal for those children already on long waiting lists for other services. They are person-centred therapies and work in a similar way to play therapy.

Drawing & Talking and Sand Tray therapies are safe and non-invasive.

They are short term, time limited therapies and each type consists of 12 sessions of half an hour per week. Ideally these should be at the same time and in the same safe place weekly.

No artistic talent is necessary! The drawings/sand tray stories, and the story-telling way we talk about them, allow emotional difficulties and trauma to be processed in a symbolic way.

Children / young people who will benefit from Drawing & Talking or Sand Tray Therapy

Are not realising their full potential, either academically or socially

Are at risk of being/is excluded from school

Are (or are in the process of being) adopted or fostered

Suffer because of separated or divorced parents

Suffer from anxiety, stress or phobias

Have suffered a loss or bereavement of any kind

Are withdrawn or continually unhappy


Struggle with transition

Are ill, disabled or autistic

Find it difficult to make friends

Quarrel frequently with peers or siblings

Bully others or are bullied themselves

Display inappropriate behaviour

Have experienced incarceration of a family member

Don’t play

Gang, grooming and exploitation

On poverty line

Over 2 million young people and adults have accessed this intervention.

Established in 2003

Over 40,000 people have been trained as practitioners or advanced practitioners.

National Council of Psychotherapists
National Council of Psychotherapists

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