SandStory Therapy Training® for Therapists

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'.

Who is it suitable 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.

When and where is the SandStory Therapy® training?

The training will be held on October 3rd and 4th 2020, at Abington Barns in Cambridgeshire. More information about the venue can be found here:

See FAQ section for details on cancellations and refunds.

What is the cost?

The weekend's training runs from 9am - 5pm (perhaps with an earlier finish on the Sunday), and includes all resources, refreshments and a delicious home cooked lunch on both days. The cost of the training for both days is £300.

Why do I need this training?

If you are already experienced as a play therapist or counsellor, and you either are needing more ideas on the magic of sand, or whether you just want to enhance what you are already loving and doing, then this course will be for you. Based on existing theory, this new and content-rich SandStory Therapy®Weekend Workshop will enable you to to develop further and be even more effective in your clinical work.

This course will be a wonderful addition to your collection of skills if you believe in the power of the sand and the miniature world!

Limited places available!

Overview of the two days

See overview for details of the workshop!

Day 1


Connecting With The Sand

Theory Behind SandStory Therapy®

Demonstration and Experiential Practice

Differences Between The Theories

The 5 Elements of SandStory Therapy®

The Therapist's Role


Day 2

Story-telling in the Sandtray

Experiential Practice

The 5 Stages of SandStory Therapy®

SandStory Therapy® by Age Group - How Does It Work?

Signs and Symbols

SandStory Therapy® With Groups / Experiential Exercise

Further Suggestions and Conclusion

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can benefit from SandStory?

Any of your clients! This course will equip you with skills you can add to your existing toolkit, with a clear structure explained, and an opportunity to try it for yourself too! If you already work creatively and want to expand on this, this is for you. If you don't, and would like to gently explore, then this course will walk you through, step by step, on introducing the magic of Sand to your clients.

Do I have to already work with the Sand tray to come on this course?

No! Not at all. We will look at the beginnings of how SandPlay and SandTray work in brief theory, and see how SandStory came about, and you will be gently introduced to the workings, step by step.

What is the venue like - can I stay nearby, and park there?

Abington Barn is a beautiful converted barn on the outskirts of Cambridge, let specifically to trainers of holistic and therapeutic genres, therefore providing the perfect place for reflection, exploration and processing. If the weather is good, there is a beautiful garden to explore. There is plenty of parking, refreshments on tap, a lovely lunch both days and various accommodation venues nearby.

I still have a question....

Please email me direct on and I will be delighted to chat with you!

What is the refund and cancellation policy due to COVID-19?

We understand that these are particularly uncertain times for embarking on new courses, and therefore we want to be as accommodating as possible regarding the flexibility of courses. The policy is that we ask for full payment due two weeks before the course. IF, however, we are advised by the government to cancel the course, then a full refund will be given or I will hope to offer future dates. Any other cancellation by the participant due to health or other reasons, then I would also hope to offer future dates, or a refund minus £50 admin fee. See full cancellation policy below: Cancellation policy: (Written according to the Consumer Contracts Regulation, 2013) The full training fee (£300) is due when the booking is made. Paying in instalments (2x £150) is possible and must be completed 2 weeks before the start date of the course. • Cancellation of a booking by the participant must be received in writing. • A non-refundable admin fee of £50 is always retained for non-attendance - except where the course is cancelled by Emma • Emma will endeavour to offer a space for a subsequent training date where a space is available and if this is not possible for the participant who is cancelling and if Emma is unable to find a replacement participant for the cancelled space then the following also applies: o 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee o Less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee • Should a participant withdraw from a course once the training has commenced there will be no return of the fee. • Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation. • Should the training be cancelled by Emma, a full refund will be made if the proposed new dates do not suit the participant.

Please can I sign up to SandStory Therapy® Training?