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Our Panel of Experts

This event is graced by an international team which includes the world’s leading authority on Jungian Sandplay Therapy, an internationally acclaimed teacher of Sandplay Therapy, a Teacher- Consultant and a Child Therapy specialist.

Barbara A. Turner trained under Dora M. Kalff, the founder of Sandplay Therapy, in the late 1980s. Barbara is the leading authority on Sandplay Therapy. 

She has published several books in the field, most notably, the Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, now printed in 5 languages and recognised as the definitive text on the subject. In 2017, the Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy, compiled and edited by Turner was published. This book provides a comprehensive overview of this therapeutic method, developed to provide a means of helping clients of all ages with mental suffering. The contributors, from a range of therapeutic and cultural backgrounds, demonstrate core theory and practice, and explore the implications of current neuroscientific research.

The founder of Association of Sandplay Therapy has had 25 years of clinical practice with children and adults. Now, she focuses her work on teaching. 

 

Celia van Wyk loves her work as Sandplay Therapist. Her journey towards Sandplay started out with an invitation to attend an information session on Sandplay Therapy during her undergraduate days as a student counsellor. This curiosity led to her to an intensive theoretical training not only in Switzerland, but also in USA, and South Africa, when Dr. Martin Kalff was invited as teacher there in 2009.

A registered Natural Health Practitioner and Mental Health Practitioner, Celia feels especially passionate about sandplay therapy, which she believes is the core of her calling and contribution to every client she has the privilege to work with in a healing and balancing way. 

A Registered Sandplay Practitioner Teacher-Consultant (STR-CT) at AST, Celia, who is also an AST Board member, consults clients at her practice in Johannesburg, South Africa and more recently has seen clients from Singapore as well. 

 

Rose M. Harriet   runs a Counseling and Play Therapy Center, located in historic Buffalo, Wyoming, an agency co-founded in 2011 with Jamie L. F. Straessler.  As the only Registered Play Therapist Supervisors in Northern Wyoming and Southern and Eastern Montana, they provide valuable clinical and professional services to the population in the Rocky Mountain region.

Rose’s main interest is working with children. Trained originally in Experiential Play Therapy, she found in Sandplay Therapy, a lovely combination of modalities which works very effectively. Children enjoy both aspects of their play and they are personally invested in the process of healing.

Currently, Rose is working towards certification as a Sandplay Teacher, through the Association of Sandplay Therapy (AST). She looks forward to extend beyond her current work of supervision and consulting with Sandplay therapists to include training too.

 

Eunice Stagg leads a busy life balancing various hats. Home in UK, Eunice runs her private Sandplay practice working with adults as well as children. 

As a Registered Sandplay Therapist and Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy, Eunice is a teaching member, an Associate lecturer for Canterbury Christchurch University, the National University of Ireland, and Play Therapy International. She has presented in British Sandplay Conferences, as well as contributed to the International Book of Sandplay Therapy (Routledge 2017) and published in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy and the Jungian Sandplay Therapy Almanac.

Worldwide, she has conducted Sandplay trainings in USA, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Romania and Singapore. 

Her romance with Singapore has seen her leading a small group of practitioners for annual retreats and this would be her 7th year doing so. 

Eunice’s retreats aren’t limited to the Singapore group. She has led successful retreats in UK as well and integrates Jungian Psychology, Sandplay and Spirituality in her work. 

Those who have walked along with her have enjoyed how she works in a gentle, encouraging, non-judgemental way, offering supportive care and acceptance. Her goal is to help us look at where change may be possible and encourage us to use our inner resources to reach our full potential.

 

 

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