An Introduction to Sandplay Therapy - Fully Booked

One day skills workshop

Presented by Cathy Banks - Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt

Sandplay Therapy is a play-based technique that is a valuable and powerful tool for counsellors. It is nonverbal, less intrusive, and fun adjunct to the mainly cognitive and behavioural modalities of traditional “talking” therapies. It is a self-directed and expressive therapy, and suitable for use by adults and children alike from many client populations. It provides a multiple intelligences perspective, and has proved an effective aid in helping the processing, containment, and healing of emotional trauma – such as grief, anxiety, aggression, and even physical pain.

Sandplay is a healing tool which opens the window into the psyche, accessing unconscious material and making it conscious by giving it form. Sandplay Therapy works by using real symbols from life (utilising small objects, pieces and figures) placed into a tray of sand to form a picture. The tray symbolises a protected space that is safe for expression; the sand is the place that land and water merge and represents a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious. The figurines or miniatures are symbolic of the world at large. This can lead to profound shifts in levels of understanding and emotional healing. One of the attributes of Sandplay Therapy is that change comes from within the client.

This workshop will focus significantly on experiential learning and interactive participation. As the therapy is not diagnostic, this workshop will provide a first level of training to give encouragement and confidence to participants in working with Sandplay. The aim is to be a neutral and honoured witness to your client’s self-expression. It is about the gaining of insight, a reflection or narrative about what is created, and integration into the client’s life experience.

This course is now fully booked.  If you would like to register your interest in any upcoming Sandplay training please select the "Expression of Interest" option below 

About the Facilitator

Cathy Banks

(Grad.Dip Couns & Psychotherapy, B.Bus Psych/Mktg, Dip Mgt)


Cathy Banks is an experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Workplace Trainer.  Cathy has gained experience in organisations such as ANZ Bank, Dept of Corrective Services (Probation & Parole), public schools, and private clinics. Cathy has recently returned from living and working in Dubai as a School Counsellor, Child Protection Consultant, and Psychological Supervisor. Cathy has returned to her own private practice in Sydney, specialising in working with children and teens. Cathy obtained accreditation as a Sandplay Therapist from the Jansen Newman Institute of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy.


Gerry O'Leary

NALAG Head Office


Phone: 02 6882 9222

Workshop Dates & Locations

When: 9:30am to 4pm on 26 March 2021

Where: NALAG Dubbo Branch (7 Welchman Street, Dubbo)

Cost: $250 per person


(02) 6882 9222

PO Box 379,
Dubbo NSW 2830

NSW Head Office

7 Welchman Street

Dubbo NSW 2830



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