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Cerys Overington

(Sandcastles Play Therapy & Counselling Service)
Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21
07528 175 058 07528 175 058

About me

Hello and welcome!

I am an independent person-centred Counsellor and Play Therapist providing emotional and psychological support across Whitby, Scarborough, Guisborough & Redcar.  I also work in partnership with schools, Local Authorities and Adoption Services to promote emotional well-being and healing from traumatic and distressing experiences.

In association with consulting agencies, I offer support to adults, children and young people across North Yorkshire who have been victims of crime (vetting approved by North Yorkshire Police) and also children and young people impacted by traumatic bereavement such as homicide. Through my work with The Headlight Project, I work as part of a team to offer my therapeutic services to support children and young people bereaved by suicide. I am an Approved Provider of services for Adoption Tees Valley and One Adoption.

COVID-19 - With social distancing restrictions in place, I am now using Zoom/MS Teams to support Play Therapy/Counselling clients who I am unable to meet with face-to-face.

I offer support to people with difficulties such as; domestic violence, sexual abuse/violence, sexual exploitation, anxiety, young carers, loss and bereavement, low mood, attachment difficulties, trauma, relationship difficulties and low self-esteem.

In addition to my work with adults, I have developed my practice by undertaking specialist training in working with families, children and young people.  Alongside my training in therapeutic parenting which is informed by the PACE model using DDP principles and Theraplay practices, I am a Therapeutic Life Story Work practitioner, supporting children who have been moved from the care of their birth family to explore, question and understand past events of their life. Within this it gives them a voice and safe space to feel and express their emotions when making sense of past experiences and the relation it has to their current thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  I have beginner level knowledge of British Sign Language.

Therapeutic Style

By using an integrative psychological therapy approach, I tailor support to meet the needs of each individual client. I believe it is important to adapt to individual needs and therefore implement regular reviews to help guide the therapy plan we develop.  Through my additional training in TraumaPlay, Filial Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), I value the importance of attachment-focused interventions in empowering families to make the necessary changes in their lives and enabling them to heal.

You're welcome to have a half-hour initial telephone conversation with me to discuss how we could work together. Your initial face-to-face appointment will be a chance for us to develop our shared understanding of your (or your child's) difficulties and think about what you would like to achieve through therapy. I provide a safe, warm and compassionate space for you to begin working towards your healing.

If you would like to discuss further then please feel free to ring me for a non-obligatory discussion.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with Distinction - Leeds Beckett University
  • Certificate in Mental Health Awareness - Selby College
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play - Leeds Beckett University
  • Foundation Degree in Arts with Distinction - Person-Centred Counselling - Teesside University
  • Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care

Professional Training

  • Advanced TraumaPlay (TraumaPlay Institute)
  • Introduction to the BUSS Model (Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems)
  • Online Tele-Play Therapy & Online Therapeutic Support Training
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work (Richard Rose model)
  • BSL Level 1
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - Levels 1 & 2
  • Group Theraplay
  • Filial Therapy Training
  • Bereavement within the School Community - Child Bereavement UK
  • Working with Bereaved Children and Young People in Fractured Families - Child Bereavement UK
  • Lego: Build to Express
  • Child-Parent Relationship Therapy - Roehampton University
  • Taming the Tiger – The Impact of Trauma on Children and Young People
  • PREVENT Radicalisation Training
  • Mental Health First Aid Training for Young People
  • Level 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Fulcrum Psychological Training – Psychology and Physiology of; Addiction, Personality Disorders, Trauma & Vicarious Trauma
  • Brain Development & Neuroscience with Dr Bruce Perry
  • Understanding Sexual Trauma - LimeCulture
  • Court Witness Training

I work to BACP Ethics and Standards and I am specialised in providing therapeutic support for survivors of sexual violence and homicide. I offer support to children, young people and adults under pre-court therapy protocol conditions.

I engage with Social Workers and other lead professionals when children and families are subject to CIN or CP procedures and also support schools who may be seeking therapeutic support for Children in Care.  I am listed as an approved provider of therapy with One Adoption (North Yorkshire), Adoption Tees Valley and PAC-UK.  As a military veteran, I am experienced in working with serving personnel and veterans, and specialise in supporting children from Forces families.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My fees vary according to the type of intervention eg 1:1, family, sibling group etc.

Initial meeting/consultation - £45

Individual Play Therapy/Counselling Session (Self-Referral) -£45

Therapeutic Parenting - Price on request

Group Play Therapy (max 6 per group) - Price on request

Filial Therapy/CPRT - Price on request

Therapeutic Life Story Work - Price on request

Local Authority/GP/School Referrals - Price on request

Further information


​I offer mobile therapy appointments for all clients but due to COVID-19 limitations, appropriate venues will need to be sourced.  Online therapy using Zoom/MS Teams is also available. For a referral for a child or young person, I would generally attempt to arrange these appointments at school in order to be least disruptive to the child's day. It can be a challenge crossing the rural areas of North Yorkshire and travelling to and from therapy appointments can cause unnecessary stress.  That said, sometimes seeing the child in school is either not possible or not appropriate.  In such cases, attempts will be made to hire a room as near to the school as possible, i.e. in a children's centre or other community building. It can be helpful to engage with school staff such as the Headteacher/SENCO to ensure everyone is working together to benefit the child.

If you work at a school and are interested in my services, please contact me to arrange a free consultation. There are a series of packages available to school which can offer flexibility for either individual sessions or full/half-day services. I also welcome referrals from fostering agencies, Local Authorities and other agencies.  References can be provided from schools where I am currently supporting children and families.

North Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I do not offer my own premises. Accessibility will be based on usage of other venues.

Additional languages

Basic level BSL level 1