Karla Hankes


Karla Hankes
New York

Phone: 716-710-7110

Karla Hankes, PhD completed her doctoral degree in Transformative Education at the California Institute of Integral Studies where her research focused on synchronicity and the alchemical process of grief in Jungian Sandplay Therapy. She is a certified thanatologist with the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a Jungian Sandplay therapist, and Grief Specialist. For her master’s thesis in clinical counseling she proposed the use of circular sand trays citing rational from Jung’s theoretical work with mandalas and comparative anthropology. She earned an advanced diploma in Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation, and as a clinician she has incorporated expressive therapies and mandala work with numerous populations including severely mentally ill adults, juvenile offenders, and grieving children and teens. Dr. Hankes has been facilitating MARI(R) since 2012. She has received advanced training from the owner of MARI, Shelley Takei, Ph.D., and offers live and online MARI training, individual and group consultation, supervision, and MARI Enrichment presentations for practitioners and teachers.

Dr. Hankes is passionate about bridging the worlds of Sandplay and MARI for grief and trauma and offers Basin Way Sandplay training and consultation to MARI practitioners, therapists and grief counselors.

Karla has class and consultation times available Monday through Saturday and will work with you to best accommodate your schedule.


  • Karla Hankes