Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay Therapy is a psychodynamic modality predominantly utilized in individual psychotherapy process.  Through spontaneous imaginative play in trays of wet or dry sand, clients sculpt the sand and position miniature figurines and objects to create three-dimensional scenes or designs that express and mediate between their inner and outer worlds. Sandplay is often a primary modality in the case of children; with youth or adults it complements a verbal therapy, enabling the expression of nonverbal symbolic elements. 

The psychotherapeutic use of sand, water and miniatures is offered to clients of all ages with diverse presenting issues. Because of Sandplay’s capacity to access deep and embodied emotion, implicit memory or trauma, the activity of creating a sandpicture within the “free and protected space” of the psychotherapeutic relationship provides a resource that is unique and beneficial to clients. When words are not easily accessible whether due to presenting issues, age, culture of origin, developmental stage, trauma, or cognitive difficulty, this approach offers a creative modality that enables clients to express complex inner experiences.

CAST - The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy

The Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST) is a member of the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST) founded by Dora Kalff, with member societies in many parts of the world. CAST provides a comprehensive training program that focuses on developing specific therapeutic competencies, and meets the minimum requirements for international certification. Individual candidates progress at their own pace through CAST’s training program. 

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CCPA - The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

CCPA membership includes experts and specialists in numerous mental health areas ranging from ADHD and learning disabilities; marriage counselling; eating disorders; stress, depression, and anger; grief and infertility; weight management and body image; addiction; Aboriginal issues; family counselling; career development and management, and much more.

Credentialing: In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members:  Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).  Counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors whom CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a non-statutory, self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct.

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PACCP - Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Christian Counselling/Psychotherapy attends to biblical counselling, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, addictions, pastoral counselling, marriage and family, play therapy, art therapy, neurological disorders, children, adolescents, Aboriginal, and many other issues.  Clinicians use various modalities of counselling and psychotherapy including Narrative, Emotionally Focused, Biblical Counselling, Cognitive-1behavioral, Mindfulness, Play and Art therapy, EMDR, Dialectical, Solution-Focused, Family Systems theory, Exposure, and much more.

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