I am a counsellor and sand play therapist that has been working in voluntary, private and public services since 1997 and has extensive training in lots of issues. I enjoy working with children and young people, connecting with issues that surround their complex and digital world. I started my career supporting substance misusers in East London.
Adult services include relationship difficulties to general anxiety conditions using educational models that you can take away an emotional toolkit for future reference.
I also can use sand as a tool to balance the psyche and promote positive change and self centredness in all ages.
Amongst my qualifications I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches, Certificate in sand play therapy and undergo continued professional development every year to maintain my good practice and keep abreast of new legislation and new approaches in the counselling and therapy community.
I have extensive experience and training in bereavement, self harm, substance misuse, Autism and Asbergers Syndrome, anxiety and stress management, OCD.
I have also full training in safeguarding children from harm and have a full DBS check to reassure parents and carers of my safety to work with children and vulnerable adults.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I am able to use various approaches separately or together in order to facilitate helpful change. I use cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamics, humanistic and transpersonal therapy. I also have personal and professional experience with art, play and sand therapy. I have particular experience and training in bereavement and loss, domestic violence, low self esteem, social anxiety, narcissism and victims of narcissism, along with many other issues. I have worked with people of all ages and enjoy working with children, young people, women and men alike.
I believe all people no matter what gender, social background or ethic origin are valuable and worthy of respect. Family dynamics, culture and expectations can all lead to anxiety and depression which can be hidden in the unconscious mind. I have found that connecting with a persons learning style and using visual aids such as cards, metaphors and drawings can significantly help even the adult mind to reflect on positive change. A toolkit can be collaboratively created to help you find your personal best coping mechanisms. Confidentiality, care and integrity underpin my philosophy in forming a trusting working relationship to help empower all my clients toward positive change.
Sacha – Therapeutic Play Practitioner
I am a PTUK qualified Therapeutic Play Practitioner who works with children and teenagers struggling with emotional, behavioural or social challenges. I work in a child centred, non-directive way using a toolkit including sand tray and miniatures, games, arts and crafts, clay, puppets, instruments and therapeutic stories.
Sometimes children are unable to verbally explain their muddled feelings or what is troubling them, causing them to behave in a negative way. Using play therapeutically, I can support them in a safe and confidential space, while they make sense of their life, process and resolve past problems, experience or understand new emotions, and find new ways of thinking and feeling to enable them to move forward to a better future.
I am DBS checked, have regular clinical supervisions and complete up to date, recognised CPD training to fulfil my PTUK membership requirements.
I have worked for Home-Start Havering for the past 10 years, supporting families in the borough struggling with the day-to-day issues of bringing up a young family. I discovered the powers of play through the various groups I ran for many years where I discovered my passion to help children use and explore the magical world of play therapy.