Become a Qualified Somatic Sand Therapist:

Somatic Sand Therapy® Training – Levels 1 & 2

Each level is an Accredited 10 Week Live Online / 5 Day Live In-Person Hybrid Training Program

Whether you work with adults, youth or children, Somatic Sand Therapy® offers a gentle yet powerful, simple yet profound, creative and enjoyable way to work with trauma. With or Without Words.

Somatic Sand Therapy® does not only support your client’s narrative, their imagination and creativity, but it also allows involvement of the body, mindfulness and the implicit memory. It is a whole-brain approach to healing trauma. Somatic Sand Therapy® works below the level of consciousness and changes the brain in the moment, in the here and now. New neural pathways are laid down and the client’s neurology is changing as the tray is constructed.

With Somatic Sand Therapy® you can literally see your feelings and touch your thoughts.

About Somatic Sand Therapy®

These courses provide a thorough Level 1 introduction and Level 2 advanced training, with extensive practical experience and supervision, in Somatic Sand Therapy®. Completion of both Level 1 & 2 leads to registration as a Somatic Sand Therapist (SST) in Australia.

Sand Therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality that was originally developed through the pioneering work of Dr. Margaret Lowenfeld, a physician who worked with children in London in the early twentieth century. Lowenfeld combined play, miniature figures and a tray of sand to create what she called, ‘The World Technique’, a place where individual children could build a miniature world.

Later Dora Kalff, a Jungian analyst, studied with Lowenfeld and soon recognised that what was taking place in the children’s worlds was what Jung had described as the individuation process. Kalff preferred to witness the child’s work without the interference of questions and dialogue used in Lowenfeld’s method, and so created her unique approach called ‘Sandplay’.

From this early development of sand therapy, it is not surprising that many diverse applications with a range of age groups would follow. Various clinical theories and adaptations of Lowenfeld’s and Kalff’s initial work exist today. Sand Therapy is a term that encompasses the integration of various therapeutic frameworks with miniature figurines in a sandtray.

Somatic Sand Therapy® uses the combination of sand, a collection of miniature figures, a wooden tray, the client’s imagination, play and ‘felt sense’, and is based on the latest Neuroscience, as well as Somatic, Attachment and Jungian Psychology. Somatic Sand Therapy® incorporates the use of directive intervention when needed, integrating symbology with practices from Family Constellations, Gestalt Therapy and Internal Family Systems. More than an Expressive Therapy modality, Somatic Sand Therapy® is a mental health intervention that supports nervous system regulation, healing and alignment with the Self, and development of the personality. Extensive training of professionals committed to personal and professional growth is required.

Somatic Sand Therapy® has been found to support insight into relational attachment dynamics, emotion regulation and internal resource building. It is also a great support for clients with limited access to verbal skills or language differences, ie. those effected by trauma, from another culture and/or children.

Based on twenty years of experience and development, these courses provide introductory and advanced training in understanding clients’ sand creations. They provide clear guidelines that support therapeutic confidence in using Somatic Sand Therapy® to access deeper layers of emotion and support transformation of unconscious processes in the psyche.

They are highly experiential and interactive programs that will provide many skills to support your clients’ growth from protection to connection. Participants will also have the experience of following their own personal journey using the processes for personal growth at each workshop. There will be illustrated case studies, a comprehensive manual, slides and recordings made available for each workshop.

Course Structure & Requirements

Each training consists of 9 weekly, 3-hour modules, 8 x 1.5-hour practical tutorials, and one 5 day in-person workshop on the Sunshine Coast, across 10 weeks, providing a maximum of 80 hours of classroom attendance for each certificate. Participants must attend all workshops and tutorials to receive certification. Completion of both levels and all requirements will lead to registration as a Somatic Sand Therapist (SST).

The training is highly experiential. There is some course work required and a reading list is provided.

In order to help integrate this modality each participant is required to participate in five personal Somatic Sand Therapy® sessions, as well as five Case Consultation sessions per certificate with the trainer, to be completed over two years. The cost of this is not included in the training fees.

If you’ve been wanting to work with me, this is your chance. You don’t want to miss these trainings.

Upcoming Training Programs

Certificate in ​Somatic ​Sand Therapy® (Level 1)

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - April 11 @ 9:00 pm

Certificate in Somatic Sand Therapy® (Level 2)

August 25 @ 9:00 am - August 27 @ 5:00 pm

Why train with me you may be asking?

Great Question.

Not only do I have 15 years of experience in teaching and refining this certified training, I have been using Sand Therapy as a counselling tool with traumatised populations for 20 years. I understand the nuances of how and why it works, what doesn’t work, what can go wrong and just how transformative it is when it goes right. I know this intervention. I trust it and I use it in nearly every therapy session with my clients. I also offer Clinical Supervision to graduates, so that you can keep your Sand Therapy journey going. You will not be left alone trying to implement this intervention back into your practice.

Who can you use Somatic Sand Therapy® with?

Somatic Sand Therapy® is for everyone! It can be used with individuals of any age from 7+, couples, groups; clients who are culturally and linguistically diverse; and clients with developmental delays or neurodiversity. I have had particular success in training therapists in Alice Springs who work primarily with Aboriginal clients who report the ‘miraculous’ power of Sand Therapy.

Do you want a more playful, enjoyable and safe way to work with trauma?

Working with Trauma can take its toll on therapists, but not with Somatic Sand Therapy®. With this intervention, we observe in silence, we hold space, we practice loving presence. We are the relational tool that is so important in working with clients with Complex Trauma. I guarantee you will love what you do. You will know what you are doing. You will enjoy going to work.

Are you an experienced therapist, or just beginning your therapy journey?

This training is suitable for therapists of all orientations and levels of experience. We will start with the basics and over the three months we will expand your knowledge, experience and skills. The more you already know, the deeper you will go.

Why wait? With growing climate anxiety, family relationship distress, increasing violence towards women and gender diverse people, suicide rates on the rise, a reluctant government to support refugees and asylum seekers, our sovereign land owners continuously being subjected to white policy, we need this work now more than ever.

This training is experiential. You will walk away laden with ideas, tools and excitement. And so will your clients.

What does experiential mean?

It means we learn by doing. In every workshop you will be involved in creating your own tray, observing, or facilitating another trainee with their Sand Therapy process.

Why is this so important?

Because, YOU are an integral part of the elements that help others heal. Your observations, your questioning, your instincts, your patience and your presence are vital to the success of each session. The more time you have creating your own trays, being facilitated, practicing the process with others, the more confident and capable you will feel when you offer this modality to your clients.

But best of all, it means you have an opportunity to experience the healing power of Somatic Sand Therapy® for yourself. You will have time to process some of your own life events and you will meet a tribe of like-minded therapists to practice and build strong bonds with.

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About Your Trainer

Monique Pangari
M Ed (SGC); M Ed (BM); B Ed/B Arts (Psych); Adv Dip ET; Cert IV TAA; COS-P; EFT-C; SEP™; DARe; NATouch; PMACA

Monique is the founder of Somatic Attachment Focused Expressive Therapy® (SAFE-T). She is a mother of two, a trained School Teacher, a certified Trainer and an accredited and experienced Psychotherapist. She has experience working and living in an Aboriginal community as a classroom Teacher, with children at-risk in schools as a Behaviour Support Advisory Teacher, with children and families affected by abuse as a Child Protection Child & Family Therapist, as a specialist Counsellor in the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, as a Counsellor with families experiencing Separation & Divorce, as a Clinical Consultant supporting schools to prepare for, respond to and recover from suicide, and as a state-wide Post Adoption Support Counsellor & Intermediary. Currently she sees women and children in private practice on the Sunshine Coast, Qld and is a Trainer and Supervisor of counselling and psychotherapy professionals.

Monique is passionate about using the model of attachment theory and the creative practice of Expressive Therapies, including Sandplay Therapy, to enhance her understanding and practice with traumatised populations. She invites therapists to consider…what if your own personal attachment wounds were the key to being a successful compassionate therapist? What if your own creative process of healing those wounds gave you the map to helping others heal their attachment wounds?

Monique has undergraduate training in Education and Psychology and holds two Masters Degrees. She is a Level 4 Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a member of the ACA College of Supervisors and has post-graduate qualifications in Somatic Experiencing™, Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (DARe), Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, Circle of Security Parenting and Circle of Security Core Sensitivities, Family Constellations, Voice Dialogue, Expressive Therapies and Sandplay Therapy. Find out more

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    “Monique’s ability to hold a safe, nurturing space in which to learn and heal was paramount to the emotional, relational and intellectual depth I was able to go to in the training.”

    Psychologist, Gold Coast

    “Monique was excellent! She has a great knowledge of both Trauma and Sandplay. Her sensitivity and skill as a therapist came into play allowing greater focus on the experiential aspect of learning the content and tools.”

    Counsellor, Mullumbimby

    “Monique is absolutely lovely & wonderful! She has such a great mix of personal, accessible energy along with depth and breadth of experience, as well as the ability to convey theoretical concepts clearly.”

    Counsellor, Brisbane

    “The highlight for me was the blend of experiential and theoretical. It was just right! Monique was compassionate and experienced with a good understanding of the range of material across Sandplay, Symbol Work and Trauma theories. This was an enticing introduction to a great combination of topics. It was well presented, informative and enriching. There was a good mix of personal and professional learning.”

    Psychologist, Alice Springs

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    Monique, thank you so much for such a powerful and healing training. I appreciate how much energy you put in to your training and wish to acknowledge you for your beautiful presence throughout. You are an incredible teacher and therapist and such an amazing role model for us to learn from. I am so grateful that I made the decision to invest in my personal and professional development. I sense that this course will be life changing for me.

    DV Counsellor, Alice Springs

    I loved the whole program, but especially enjoyed the Sandplay activities. This was my first experience with Sandplay Therapy and I was very excited by it and its potential. I love Monique’s style of sharing her knowledge. She is warm, kind, safe, generous, knowledgable and awesome!! This training was absolutely inspiring!

    Somatic Therapist, Brisbane

    This course was invaluable, surprising, unfolding and growthful! Monique is awesome. She has a wealth of knowledge, is supportive, experienced and flexible. I loved discovering new parts of myself, the connections I made with other colleagues and the case presentations. Engaging in my own Sandplay Process has been most informative in my work with clients. I have learned to trust the process and am more present with my clients.

    Shivawn Davis, Speech Pathologist/Counsellor

    I am more confident that I can connect with children and build trust as well as a deeper and more reflective practice. Monique brings a passion and genuineness to this work. Her experience working with children and parents was evident and useful.

    Linda Casuarinna, Psychologist

    You are so awesome! You have no idea just how much you and your work has done for me. I so appreciate you for all that you do.

    Psychologist, Brisbane

    I really loved the depth of play I experienced in the Sandplay and Symbol Work. Monique’s experience and wisdom within the field makes it easy and effortless to trust in each of the processes. Her presence is calm and reassuring.

    Therapist, Brisbane

    Monique was excellent! She has a great knowledge of both Attachment and Sandplay. Her sensitivity and skill as a therapist came into play allowing greater focus on the experiential aspect of learning the content and tools.

    Counsellor, Mullumbimby

    Monique’s ability to hold a safe, nurturing space in which to learn and heal was paramount to the emotional, relational and intellectual depth I was able to go to in the training.

    Psychologist, Gold Coast

    This course has completely changed the way I work. It gave me the most appropriate model of therapy for children experiencing domestic violence. I enjoyed learning in a supportive, mindful and inspiring environment. Monique is a wonderful teacher. She lives and breathes what she teaches and inspired me to do the same.

    Aisling Fry, DV Counsellor

    Monique is absolutely lovely & wonderful! She has such a great mix of personal, accessible energy along with depth and breadth of experience, as well as the ability to convey theoretical concepts clearly.

    Counsellor, Brisbane

    You’re an angel! You’re gift is so profound! Thank you for sharing your gift of love.

    Counsellor, Brisbane

    The highlight for me was the blend of experiential and theoretical. It was just right! Monique was compassionate and experienced with a good understanding of the range of material across Sandplay, Symbol Work and Trauma theories. This was an enticing introduction to a great combination of topics. It was well presented, informative and enriching. There was a good mix of personal and professional learning.

    Psychologist, Alice Springs

    Monique is so masterful and authentic. She is delightful and brought symbols and Sandplay to life. This training was enriching and transformative. It will change my practice and my ability to work with people in any context.

    Social Worker, Brisbane