Wendy Sawyer

I am an Accredited Play Therapist, Filial Therapist and SandStory Therapist, with a successful therapuetic company. I want to share my passion for knowledge and therapuetic skills with you.

SandStory Therapy® Training

This is a CPD 2 day interactive workshop that will provide therapists and counsellors with the confidence and skill of using the sand and symbols to support their clients to tell their story in the sand. This course has been developed using a combination of Sandtray and Sand PLay Therapy theory with Story-telling narratives to enable their client's therapeutic development.

More About Wendy Sawyer

Here is a little background to help you get to know something of my journey to becoming a Play Therapy Trainer.

How did I get to be here, offering you training courses? Well, like many others there was that moment when I was young which quite possibly forged my plans for the future, whilst there were many twists and turns along the way.

I was first inspired to work children when I was 13 years old. I read a book called ‘Tiger’s Child’ by Torey Hayden, and was instantly hooked on her work. I was in awe of her ability to connect with children in need and support them through some of the most horrific experiences. I pretty soon decided that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. If I could help one child the way that Torey Hayden had then I’d have achieved something very important and worthwhile.

I studied Childcare at GCSE then went on to secure a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Worcester University. While studying, I also gained firsthand experience through working in a variety of day nurseries and child care settings.

Upon Graduation I worked at a training centre for teenagers who had struggled during school years. I planned and implemented the NVQ Level 2 PLP course – the theory based aspect of the NVQ. It provided students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of working with and caring for young children, including child development, child protection and play. During their time on the Course, the students undertook placements in local nurseries and pre-schools, where I’d visit them at least once a month to discuss their progress with the Nursery Manager. I also offered support and advice, and set targets for the next Review. Once the student had completed the PLP, I continued working with the NVQ Team to ensure the students received the opportunity to complete the full NVQ.

After a while, I was privileged to secure the job I’d really been waiting for: a Child Care Worker in a Residential Children’s Home. The children living in the Home had all suffered traumas early in their lives and were no longer able to live with their families. My role was to ensure that their day to day care needs were met, and to help them understand and process their experiences. My confidence in the role steadily grew, but I realised that something was missing – a skill I wasn’t yet able to offer the children.

When the Residential Unit developed into a Therapeutic Outreach Service, enabling us to offer more intense and focused support and services, I decided to train as a Play Therapist.

In September 2009, I started studying an MA in Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton, where I was trained to deliver non-directive, child-centred play therapy. The Course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT), of which I’m now a Full Member. This training was the most valuable I have ever experienced. It didn't just teach me about how to be a Play Therapist but also taught me about myself and my passion to do the job that I do. To be honest, I don't think there is a day that goes by that I don't learn something more from my clients.

I love my role as a Play Therapist and the children and families I work with teach me so much. However, I have never stopped wanting to learn more to be able to provide the best I can to the children and families I work with. I have gone on to train as a Filial Therapist, a Lego Therapist and a Clinical Supervisor. On my journey to become a more knowledgeable Play Therapist, I discovered a new Course, SandStory Therapy®. I had used sand in my practice for years and always felt there was something missing in how I was working, and how I could best support my clients when they were in the sand. SandStory Therapy® fitted perfectly into the way I worked and I was instantly more confident when clients chose to work in the sand. After becoming a Registered SandStory Therapist, I was so excited to have the opportunity to train as a Certified SandStory Therapy® Trainer with the amazing guidance of Lara Kasza - the creator of SandStory Therapy®.

I have a thriving business -Time 2 Play Therapy, where I offer a range of different services, including, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Lego Therapy and SandStory Therapy®. I am also a Clinical Supervisor, where I get to work with wonderful trainee and qualified Play Therapists and Therapuetic support workers. Now I have this exciting opportunity to offer SandStory Therapy® Training and I can't wait to get started.

There are also further trainings coming from Time 2 Play, so watch this space! :)