Want a creative, playful, sensory and embodied way to work with trauma?

Would you like a new tool for your counselling practice that supports people of all ages?

Would you like a counselling practice that inspires greater compassion and creativity?

Join me, and let’s LIBERATE LOVE together.

Trauma Informed Sandplay & Symbol Therapy

An Accredited 9 Day Training Program over 3 Months

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

Sandplay Therapy does not only support clients’ narrative, their imagination and creativity, but it also allows involvement of the body, mindfulness and the implicit memory.

With Sandplay Therapy you can literally see your feelings and touch your thoughts.

Why train with me you may be asking?

Great Question.

Not only do I have 13 years of experience in teaching and refining this certified training,  I have been using Sandplay Therapy as a counselling tool with highly 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 modality.  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 Sandplay Therapy journey going.  You will not be left alone trying to implement this modality back into your practice.

Who can you use Sandplay and Symbol Therapy with?

Do you work with children, or are you thinking of incorporating children into your clientele?  Do you work with adults, couples, groups?  Sandplay & Symbol Therapy is for everyone!  It can be used with individuals of any age, couples, groups; clients who are culturally and linguistically diverse; and clients with developmental delays or disabilities.  I have had particular success in training therapists in Alice Springs who work primarily with Aboriginal clients who report the ‘miraculous’ power of Sandplay 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 Sandplay Therapy.  With this modality, we observe in silence, we hold space, we practice 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 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 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.  Every day you will be involved in creating your own tray, observing, or facilitating another trainee with their Sandplay 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 Sandplay 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.

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

Upcoming Courses

What Is Sandplay Therapy?

Sandplay Therapy is a hands-on, expressive counselling and psychotherapy modality that has been in use for over eighty years.

Sandplay forms a bridge between verbal therapy and the expressive therapies, combining elements of each. Sandplay allows the deeper aspects of the psyche to be worked with naturally and in safety, and is highly effective in reducing the emotional causes behind difficult behaviours and moving clients toward greater internal security.

With an extensive research and literature base, Sandplay is a powerful therapeutic method for use by established professionals. It has been used with children, adolescents and adults, in schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and private therapy practices.

About Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work

This course provides a thorough training, with extensive practical experience and supervision in a Trauma Informed approach to Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work.

The method of Sandplay that will be introduced was developed by Dora Kalff in the late 1950s, from Dr Margaret Lowenfeld’s play therapy. Kalff, a colleague of the famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, created Sandplay based on Analytic Psychology. Sandplay is now taught and practiced around the world, supported by the International Society for Sandplay Therapy.

The approach taught combines Jungian and Gestalt theory and applies this to working with small symbolic objects, either in a sandtray or on a drawing book. The play aspect of this approach makes it inviting and nonthreatening. Sandplay has an important role in helping clients move from emotional chaos to secure relating with self and others and can be incorporated into traditional counselling with children, adolescents and adults. It can offer ways to help clients resolve family issues, contact and deepen personal resourcefulness, and promote emotional resiliency. It is an effective support for transpersonal exploration, trauma healing and to increase ‘earned security’.

​Sandplay and Symbol Work exercises have been found to support insight into relational attachment dynamics, emotion regulation and internal resource building. They are also a great support for clients with limited access to verbal skills or language differences, ie. those effected by trauma and/or young people.

Based on fifteen years of experience and development, this course provides advanced training in understanding clients’ sand creations. It provides clear guidelines and contraindications that support therapeutic confidence in using these interventions that can access deeper layers of emotion and support transformation of unconscious processes in the psyche.

This is a highly experiential, interactive program that will provide many skills to support your clients’ move into resilience and emotional fluency. Participants will have the experience of following their own personal growth journey using the processes for personal experience at each workshop. There will be illustrated case studies. A manual will be provided for each workshop.

Course Structure & Requirements

The training consists of three, 3-day modules, across several months, so that you can get certification soon, providing a maximum of 9 days (72 hours) of classroom attendance. Participants must attend all 9 days to receive certification.

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

In order to help integrate these modalities each participant is encouraged to participate in one personal Sandplay Therapy session, as well as one Case Consultation session with the trainer. The cost of this is not included in the training fees.

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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 (level II); DARe; 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 & Mediator. Currently she sees parents, individual adults and children in private practice and is a Trainer and Supervisor of counselling 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 majoring in Behaviour Management and Guidance & Counselling. She is a Professional Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) 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 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

    “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

    “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 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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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