Cerys Overington (Sandcastles Play Therapy & Counselling Service)

Cerys Overington (Sandcastles Play Therapy & Counselling Service)

North Yorkshire


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About me

Hello and welcome!

I am an independent Counsellor and Play Therapist providing emotional and psychological support across Whitby, Scarborough, Guisborough & Redcar.  I also work in partnership with schools and local authorities to promote emotional well-being.

In association with consulting agencies, I therapeutically support 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 homicide.

COVID-19 - I am now offering free telephone/online counselling for NHS frontline staff.  Appointments are limited but flexible to meet individual needs.

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

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 filial therapy, 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 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 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

  • Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work (Richard Rose model)
  • BSL Level 1
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - Level 1
  • Group Theraplay
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Filial Therapy Training
  • 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
  • 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

I work to BACP 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 children in care.  I am listed as an approved provider of therapy with North Yorkshire Adoption Services 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.

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

Initial meeting/consultation - £20

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

Local Authority/GP/School Referrals - Price on request

Further information


​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.  References can be provided from schools where I am currently supporting children and families.

Maps & Directions

Whitby, YO21

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: Basic level BSL level 1


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes

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


Due to COVID-19 and social distancing limitations, I am now offering telephone and online therapy (using Zoom). Day time and evening appointments are available. 

Types of client

Young people