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The Northern California region is fortunate to have many Certified Sandplay Therapist Teachers. All CST-Ts provide sandplay process, supervision and consultation. The hours gained are approved toward certification by Sandplay Therapists of American and the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. Both in person and on-line supervision hours are allowed, so this list is also useful to people who are not located close enough to attend in person. Details on earning hours toward certification in sandplay can be found in the STA Handbook online at www.sandplay.org  Please note that the supervisor/consultant cannot also be your therapist for a sandplay therapy process.

Some groups provide consultation for those who are already certified or experienced with sandplay. Others are designed for supervision and focus on teaching through cases. Guided by the supervisor/consultant, members of a sandplay group usually take turns sharing cases and discuss theory and practice of sandplay. Seeing a variety of sandplay cases enriches understanding the diversity and scope of sandplay therapy.

Use this list to locate and contact a CST-T for individual or group supervision/consultation. It is divided into directions with San Francisco as the center reference. More information about each CST-T can be found under their name in the directory.                       


Tessamarie Capitolo, MFT, CST-T offers a monthly sandplay consultation group at 1480 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. Contact her for times and other information at 415-456-4448 or tcapitolo@sbcglobal.net

Maria Ellen Chiaia, Ph.D.MFT, JA, CST-T is a Jungian Child and Adult analyst and has openings in her sandplay consultation group that meets monthly on the second Friday from September to June from 11:00-2:00 at 1480 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. The focus is on sandplay, Jungian theory and practice, and the co-transference field. The group includes members who are writing papers and cases for certification and welcomes newer students who have taken a minimum 9 hours of training and have sandplay process experience. Contact Maria at mchiaia@me.com or call 510-654-3281 or 415-505-7087.

Liana Kornfield, MA, AIWP, CST-T consults with individuals for sandplay therapy in her Fairfax office. Call 415-488-1505 or email lkornfield@aol.com

Ellen Searle LeBel, MFT, BC-DMT, CST-T provides individual sandplay supervision/consultation in Arcata as well as online. She provides group consultation by request when guest teaching in other locations.  Email ellen@temenostherapy.com or call 707-826-7900.

Liza J. Ravitz, Ph.D., CST-T, is a Jungian Child and Adult Psychoanalyst and Licensed Psychologist offering individual and group sandplay consultation online and in person.  Her group resumes in September and meets 3x per month on Wednesday, 11:15-12:30 at 318 Western Ave, Petaluma 94952. Call 707-772-9802 or email dr.ravitz@gmail.com


Linda Elaine Bath, Ph.D., LMFT, CST-T meets for individual consultation in person at 1003 Court St. Woodland, CA 95695 and by Skype as needed to accommodate long distance or disability.  Her supervision group will start in January 2018 for 4-8 participants. She also offers both group and individual consultation before or after trainings. Contact her at elainebath@me.com or 530-848-1674.

Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T offers sandplay consultation in both the East Bay and San Francisco. Reach her at 510-388-7679or lynne.ehlers@sbcglobal.net

1664 Solano Avenue, Ste. 8 (between Tulare & Ventura)  Berkeley/Albany, CA 94707

Laura Soble, MFT, REAT, CST-T provides individual consultation in person and via Skype/Zoom.  Email laura@laurasoble.net or call 510-527-1501.  Her office is located at 1425 Leimert Blvd, Suite 302Oakland, CA 94602


Lauren Cunningham, LCSW, CST-T, Adult and Child Jungian Analyst, has a sandplay consultation group with seasoned clinicians with room for one new member, meeting the 2nd Friday of the month, 10-12 pm. She does individual consultation in her San Francisco office at 35 Vicente Street. She uses ZOOM for distance consultation with individuals and group consultation ZOOM meetings can be arranged. Call her at 415-585-4551 or lauren_c@pacbell.net

Linda Cunningham Ph.D., MFT, CST-T offers group consultation weekends meeting Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm at 2964 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123. Receive 18 hours of group consultation each weekend.  September 8-10, 2017, January 26-28, 2018, May 4-6, 2018, September 7-9, 2018.  Contact her at  linda@sandplaytrainingworldwide.com or 415-346-6363.

Lynne Ehlers, Ph.D., CST-T offers sandplay consultation in both the east bay and San Francisco. 1902 Webster St. (between Pine and California) San Francisco, CA 94115. Reach her at 510-388-7679 or lynne.ehlers@sbcglobal.net


Lavon Bobo, MFT, CST-T, retired school psychologist, offers both individual and group consultation. Her consultation group meets monthly on the first Saturday of each month at 836 El Camino Real, Mountain View.  Individual consultation can be arranged for Skype or in person. Contact:  lavonbobo@comcast.net or 408-735-9247.

Mary Ann Brock, Ph.D., MFT, CST-T, offers individual sandplay consultation in person or by phone with photos sent by email at 825 Oak Grove Ave., #D202 Menlo Park, CA 94025. She can be reached at 650-380-9132 or drmabrock@gmail.com

Olivia Heathcote MFT, CST-T, providing sandplay consultation for trainees, interns and licensed therapists. Consultation is available in person or via Skype or phone. Sliding scale fee offered. 45 Ellenwood Ave. Los Gatos, CA 95030. Phone: 408-920-2990. Email: oliviadh@gmail.com

Jill Kaplan, MFT, CST-T does individual consultation, both online and in person in San Jose. Call 650-364-4670 or email kjillkaplan@gmail.com.

Luana Rowland MFT, CST-T offers both Individual and Group sandplay Consultation. Her group meets monthly on the second Sunday at 255 El Camino Real, Burlingame CA.   The next meeting is September 10th.Individual consultation is by appointment only at 836 El Camino Real, Mountain View CA. Contact Luana by phone 808 927-7833 or luanarowland@gmail.com

Judy D. Zappacosta, MFT, CST-T offers individual supervision both in person and on-line through Skype or other online video/chat programs.   Her office is located at 35 Via del Pinar, Monterey, Ca. 93940.  You may call 831-359-1980 or email her at zappaj@sbcglobal.net.


The Northern California Regional Sandplay Society is a hub for the community of therapists learning, teaching and practicing sandplay in California. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and offer post-graduate level training in sandplay therapy that meets the criteria to become a Sandplay Practitioner or Certified Sandplay Therapist through Sandplay Therapists of America and the International Society of Sandplay Therapists. We host events promoting sandplay, mentor therapists to become certified, and provide Continuing Education credits as an approved CE Provider through California Psychological Association.

Sandplay Therapy is a nonverbal therapeutic process that facilitates expression and integration of the deep contents of the psyche. A person’s inner world is revealed symbolically while creating an image in the sand, within a container, using objects and miniature figures. Sandplay therapists support clients’ natural tendency toward healing and growth. This occurs within what Sandplay founder Dora Kalff called “the free and protected space” of the therapeutic relationship, protected from interruption or judgment and open to free, expressive play.

Sandplay is rooted in Jungian theory, Lowenfeld’s World Technique of play therapy, and elements of Asian philosophy. Sandplay therapy is offered to all ages, in a wide range of settings from private practice to schools, clinics, and hospitals worldwide by trained therapists treating people across cultures for mental health and behavioral conditions.


President: Ellen Searle LeBel - ellen@temenostherapy.com

Secretary: Diana Wood - dcwlcsw@mac.com

Treasurer: Donna Rodriguez - drodriguezmft@gmail.com

Membership: Takako Ainsworth - takakoainsworthlcsw@gmail.com

Advisory Board:  David Capitolo, Maria Chiaia, Tessamarie Capitolo, Laura Soble

Education Committee: David Capitolo, Lynne Ehlers, Olivia Heathcote, Jill Kaplan, Ellen Searle LeBel, Marianne Von Michalofsky


Sandplay Therapists of America: sandplay.org

International Society of Sandplay Therapists: isst-society.com


NCRSS gratefully accepts donations. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law for 501c3 non-profit organizations.

Support our mission to further the practice of sandplay therapy through education and outreach. Your contribution will be used to:

- Fund our diversity scholarships for educational classes.

- Support outreach with free Sampling Sandplay workshops to introduce sandplay therapy to agencies, schools and individuals.

- Underwrite projects to improve our organization’s ability to expand our educational programs regionally and offer continuing education credits.

- Improve operations, website, and events.

IN-KIND DONATIONS of Sandplay collections are also welcome. To get more information about donating a collection of figures or other items contact norcalsandplay@gmail.com