Helen hawkins therapy

Counselling and sandplay therapy for children

How Sandplay Therapy For Children Works

Sandplay therapy for children takes place in box-like containers referred to as sand trays. The trays are filled with sand that clients use, along with miniature toys, to create a play world that reflects some aspect of real people and real experiences in their own lives. The client chooses from a large collection of toys and builds a small “world” in the tray that reflects what is going on in their lives.
The therapist observes the choice and arrangement of toys without interruption, allowing the person to find answers within themselves. After sandplay is completed, the client and therapist analyze and discuss the client’s toy choices, their arrangement pattern in the sand, and their symbolic or metaphoric meanings. Upon discussion, the client often chooses to make changes to the world they have created in sand. Sandplay therapy may consist of a single session or last as long as several years.




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Many children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Therapy is a type of treatment for these problems. It is a way to get help for your child. In therapy, children talk, express themselves creatively and learn how to work out their problems. Going to therapy helps them cope better, communicate better, and do better. If you can name a feeling, you can tame it.
What Problems Do Therapists Help With?
Therapists are trained to help with all kinds of problems. For example, they help kids and teens going through tough times like:
· family problems
· school problems
· bullying
· health problems
They help with feelings like:
· Stress and worry
· low self esteem
· sadness


“Often the hands know how to solve a riddle with which the intellect has wrestled in vain.” – C. G. Jung

What Happens In Therapy ?

At first, the therapist will meet with you and your child to talk. They will ask questions and listen. This helps them learn more about your child and about the problem. The therapist will tell you how they can help.After that, your child will go to more therapy visits. At these visits, your child might:

Talk. Talking is a healthy way to express feelings. When children put feelings into words instead of actions, the symptoms abate. When someone listens and knows how they feel, children are more trusting and so are more ready to learn.

Do activities. Therapists use activities to teach about feelings and coping skills. They may have children draw or play as a way to learn. They may teach mindfulness and calm breathing as a way to lower stress.

Practice new skills. Therapists help children practice what they learn. They might play games where they need to wait their turn, use self-control, be patient, follow directions, listen, share, try again, or deal with losing.

Solve problems. With older children and teens, therapists ask how problems affect them at home, at school. They talk over how to solve these problems.



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Based in Bayswater, Central London

I am currently based in Bayswater in Central London. Due to ongoing covid restriction all work is currently  carried out on  Zoom

About Helen Hawkins

I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, specialized in working with children, adolescents and families offering both face to face and online therapy. I have a diploma in transpersonal psychotherapy and an MA in children’s therapy. I am a registered member of the BACP. and work with both children and adults. Before training as a therapist I had over twenty years experience working in education.