Training in Sand Play
Bridge to Balance Inc. offers training in Sand Play for professionals who are interested in learning Sand Play Therapy. We offer several levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced. Trainings at Bridge to Balance Inc. use a small group experiential format (18 or fewer participants) and are hosted in an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable space. If you would like to deepen your Sand Play Therapy education, we also offer individual Sand Play Supervision.
Kim Finnie CSSW LCSW earned her BA degree in 1999 from Wheaton College in Sociology and Theology. After graduating, Kim worked full-time in the social work field while attending graduate school to earn her Master of Social Work degree at Loyola University-Chicago. Kim graduated in 2003 with her MSW and moved back to her home state of NJ. She immediately began providing therapeutic services, crisis intervention, and special education support and earned her clinical license LCSW in both NJ and PA. In 2010, Kim opened the doors of Bridge to Balance Inc. with a vision of providing individuals and families with services that focus on helping them cultivate a sense of balance and wellness in their lives.
Julie Ferdas LCSW is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1997. Julie completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. She has been providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents, individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings for the last fifteen years. In 2014, Julie joined Bridge to Balance, sharing in the vision and bringing energy to it’s continued growth as co-owner.
Kim and Julie are seasoned clinicians and enthusiastic Sand Play therapists. They both graduated from the intensive 3 year (87 training hours) Certificate in Sand Play Training Program at Lighthouse Counseling and Sand Play Training Center in Eatontown, NJ. They trained with and were supervised by Mary Pat McGeehin LCSW and Gretchen Morgan LCSW who have trained over 2000 clinicians in Sand Play Therapy (both nationally and internationally) and created the comprehensive Lighthouse Sand Play Therapy Training Program.
Currently, The Lighthouse Sand Play Training Curriculum is offered at Bridge to Balance Inc. (Voorhees, NJ) with Kim and Julie and at Lighthouse Counseling and Sand Play Training Center (Eatontown, NJ) with Heather Koenigfest, LPC and Toni Zachos Kaplan LCSW and Gretchen Morgan LCSW (La Fortuna, Costa Rica location). The Lighthouse Sand Play Training Certificate Program is the only approved program in New Jersey and Central America.
*If you are interested in a purely Jungian approach to training in Sand Play Therapy, The Lighthouse Sand Play Therapy Technique is not for you.*