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Using Creative Tools with Individual Clients

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DATE: Friday 16th July 2021

TIME: 10am – 4.30pm

VENUE: TBC in NORTH LONDON (in-person)


This training course needs to run in-person due to the nature of the learning experience. The venue will be in North London and is to be confirmed. Should Covid19 restrictions prevent this, we will offer a postponed date or full refund.

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Cabby you have an amazing way of strengthening a practitioner just by being the way you are. It just works. I learnt so much from the both of you last week internally, not just textbook stuff. It makes me want to learn more. Thank you.


  • Have you always wanted to try creative interventions with your individual clients but you are not quite sure where to start?
  • Maybe you have a sense that some of your clients may feel safer representing their experiences in a visual way, but you need support to understand the process?
  • Perhaps you’ve been using creative tools as therapy but want some fresh ideas?

About The Course

PLEASE NOTE: this course needs to run in person due to the nature of the learning experience, we have every intention to do this. Should Covid19 restrictions prevent this, we will offer a postponed date or full refund. 

This one-day workshop is an experiential hands-on day to consider how to use art and play in therapy with adult clients. Art is one of the oldest forms of expression and has been widely used in therapy since the 1940’s but used to convey meaning as far back as 50,000 years.  Using creative materials in therapy allows a window to the clients’ unconscious and a space for experiences that have no words to emerge. Creative mediums can be especially beneficial when working with the younger, preverbal aspects of clients’ stories, where little cognition may be available. Play and art therapy tools can provide an easier access to memory and sensory information, helping clients to ‘see’ and feel, rather than think about their early lives.

Come and explore the use of the sand tray as a great tool to help clients share their story and learn about how using miniature symbols in the sand can open up a window into the unconscious world. Try out working with metaphorical cards and images as well as using drawing and paint to support clients to deeply explore their sense of themselves.

Participants will be able to use skills practice with a variety of mediums and learn more about the theory behind the creative arts. You will leave with a toolbox of ideas and interventions to take back to your practice.

Who Should Attend?

This training is ideal for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists or trainees with some clinical experience. Whether you are new to creative therapy or you have been utilising the arts in your work for some time, this training can offer a fresh perspective influenced by neuroscience and trauma informed approaches. This could also be useful for other professionals offering therapeutic interventions such as social workers or mental health specialists.

Meet Your Trainers

Cabby Laffy has been a facilitator of training and workshops since 1991. She has also worked as a psychotherapist with individuals and couples, and a supervisor for individual and couple work, for over twenty-five years. She is a UKCP registered and NCP accredited psychotherapist, a COSRT (College of Sex and Relationship Therapists) accredited psychosexual therapist, supervisor and trainer. Cabby’s book LoveSex: An Integrative Model for Sexual Education (Karnac 2013) presents a model for psychosexual health. Cabby is a Director at the Centre for Psychosexual Health

Shana Laffy is a qualified therapist (MBAC), parenting coach and well-being consultant working with children, adults, and couples. She teaches on the ‘Certificate in working with Couples and Other Relationships’ run-in collaboration with The Grove and specialised in supporting conscious communication in relationships. Shana delivers training and coaching across the country, both to parents and professionals with a focus on Emotion Coaching, attachments and neuroscience. She brings knowledge from a variety of lead roles in teaching, social care and educational consultancy. Shana is the designated safeguarding lead for a mental health organisation.

Additional Information

This includes a 6 hour CPD certificate of attendance for your records, access to an exclusive resources bank and a PDF of the training slides.

Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the organiser a full refund will be issued. Cancellation of a booking by the participant must be received in writing. A non-refundable admin fee of £50 is always retained for non-attendance. The organiser will seek to offer other training dates and if this is not possible for the participant who is cancelling then charges apply as follows: (A) 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee [B] Less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee due. If the course is full and there are people on the waiting list whereby it is possible to fill the space, a refund may be offered less the admin fee. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation.

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Feedback from participants:

If we had to sum up Shana, we’d say she is friendly, approachable and adaptable, but also very knowledgeable. We’d definitely work with Shana again!

Both Shana and Cabby have been great facilitators- I could feel that they brought their similar yet different strengths into the room and complimented each other. Both showed kind approaches to usand the work we do. Very useful to learn from real life experience that they shared.