Dipl.-Psych. Sandra Groenewold, M.A.


Psychologist, Play Therapist & EMDR Therapist

I am married and blessed with two amazing children


Languages: German and English

Senhores pais, embora eu entenda quando você fala português, vou responder em alemão ou inglês, pois é muito mais fácil entender um idioma do que falar. Isso pode facilitar a conversa.



Memberships and ethical guidelines

Federation of Swiss Psychologists (FSP – Föderation Schweizer Psychologen)

Cantonal Association of Zurich Psychologists (ZÜPP – Kantonalverband der Zürcher Psychologinnen und Psychologen)

British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)


Delegated Psychotherapy and Counseling

Nondirective Play Therapy


Therapeutic attitude

Although I draw on psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, relational and humanistic approaches and models to psychotherapy, I believe that while the theories underpinning these approaches are useful, each person’s situation is unique, and the child, his or her parents, and families are the experts on their own lifes. Hence, the methods applied will vary according to the individual and the presented issues and aim to help clients to develop a greater understanding of the unseen patterns of behaviour that can underlie psychological distress.

When working with children I incorporate creative media such as art, play and sand therapy in order to facilitate the exploration and expression of feelings and thoughts.

Regular meetings with parents involve them in their child’s therapy and give parents the opportunity to discuss further any problematic areas and review progress.  

Professional experience

Since 2020

Delegated psychotherapy and psychological assessment and assessment of cognitive processes, Psychotherapy Dr. phil. Nicola Ferrari, Wetzikon

2018 - 2020

Delegated Psychotherapy – Spielzeit Psychotherapy, Zürich

2012 – 2014

Play Therapy, Shine Again charitable organisation, London, UK


Clinic of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Heckscher Clinic, Rosenheim, Germany


Departments of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, St. Elisabeth’s Hospital, Neuburg an der Donau, Germany


Since 2020

Analytic and systemic training in child, adolescent and family psychotherapy, KJF, Lucern, Switzerland

Since 2019

Certified training in childhood trauma, Child Trauma Training Centre – Kindertraumainstitut, Offenburg, Germany

2019 – 2020

Systemic EMDR training, German Institute for provocative Psychotherapy, Munich, Germany

2008 – 2015

Psychodynamic training in child and adolescent psychotherapy at the Centre of integrative Psychotherapy (CiP), Munich, Germany

2012 – 2014

Master in non-directive Play Therapy, Roehampton University, London, UK

1999 – 2006

Psychology Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg i. Breisgau, Germany
Major: Clinical psychology and neuropsychology
Minor: Educational psychology and occupational and organisational psychology