Cerys Overington (Sandcastles Play Therapy & Counselling Service)

Cerys Overington (Sandcastles Play Therapy & Counselling Service)

North Yorkshire

07528175058 / 07528175058

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North Yorkshire

07528175058 / 07528175058

About me

Welcome to Sandcastles Play Therapy and Counselling Service.

Sandcastles is the operating company of Child-Centred Play Therapist, Filial Therapist, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy practitioner and Counsellor, Cerys Overington.

About me

Registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Play Therapy UK (PTUK) and the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), I provide mobile therapy services across Whitby, Ryedale, Scarborough and Tees Valley.  After serving in the Armed Forces for over 2 decades, I trained as a counsellor, graduating from Teesside University in 2013.  Wanting to specialise in working with children and young people, I continued my studies by undertaking post-graduate training in Play Therapy.  I recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University as a Certified Play Therapist.

My Experience

I have experience working in a variety of settings, including; local authority Children's Services, primary/secondary schools, the independent sector and the third sector and work with children, young people and adults. I offer support to people with difficulties including abuse, sexual exploitation, anxiety, young carers, loss and bereavement, low mood, attachment difficulties, personality issues, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress, body image issues, low self-esteem, self-harm, challenging behaviours and adjusting to physical health conditions.

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

I engage with social workers when children and families are subject to CIN or CP procedures and also support schools who may be seeking therapeutic support for looked-after children.  I am listed as an approved provider of therapy with North Yorkshire Adoption Services and PAC-UK.

Therapeutic Support

My professional training includes a range of therapeutic models including Person-Centred Counselling, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and Lego-Based Therapy.  By using an integrative psychological therapy approach, I can tailor support to meet the needs of each individual client.  I believe it is important to adapt to individual needs and have regular reviews to help guide the therapy plan we develop.

As a therapist, I believe in the importance of developing a trusting, therapeutic relationship and I welcome you to have an 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 endeavour to provide a safe, warm and compassionate space for you to begin working towards your goals.

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

Filial Therapy Training

Working with Bereaved Children and Young People in Fractured Families - Child Bereavement UK

Lego: Build to Express - The Nurture Group

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 - Barnardo's

Level 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection - Barnardo's

Attachment Training

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

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


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

Initial meeting/consultation - £40

Individual Play Therapy/Counselling Session (Self-Referral) -£40

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

Filial Therapy/CPRT - Price on request

Local Authority/GP/School Referrals - Price on request

Further information

As a Registered Member of BACP and a Certified Member of PTUK, I am bound by their Ethical Frameworks in working as a therapist. I hold an enhanced DBS with professional indemnity insurance and a full driving licence.


​I offer mobile therapy appointments for all clients.  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.

Maps & Directions

Whitby, YO21

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Tuesday - 8.30am-6pm Wednesday - 3-6pm Thursday - 3-6pm Saturdays - by arrangements

Types of client

Young people