I am a registered dramatherapist and theatre maker. I am originally from Belgium where I studied politics, then qualified as a dramatherapist in the UK in 2005. Since 2007, I have been working as a dramatherapist in a specialised community adult mental health service in the National Health Service in Hertfordshire. I provide individual and group dramatherapy for individuals with a wide range of emotional difficulties. Over the years I have also delivered a large number of dramatherapy and creative interventions for vulnerable and marginalised individuals with the aim of helping them to improve health and well-being. This has included working alongside adults with learning disabilities, adults on the autistic spectrum, adults with addiction problems, families and young children, and refugees and asylum seekers.
I am invited lecturer on the MA programme in Dramatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge where I am also undertaking doctoral research. My current area of research focuses on the co-creation of meaning in autobiographical performance.
I am registered as a dramatherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and practice in accordance with their standards of ethics and professional practice.
I am a Certified Group Work Practitioner with the Institute of Group Analysis in London where I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Group Analytic Studies. I also completed the first level of training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). I have extended training in the art form of theatre and have pursued further training in Forum Theatre.
I am currently artistic director of a community theatre company where I live in Bedford.
I co-founded Indefinable Theatre Company, co-directed and performed in ‘Wishful Thinking’ (2009, 176 Gallery, Camden) and ‘A Kind of Alaska’ (2010, Friends’ Meeting House, Kentish Town).
(2013-2017) Group dramatherapy programme at Rekindling House, psychological and rehab therapy service for people with drug and alcohol problems in Luton
(2010) Dramatherapy programme with Afghani unaccompanied minors: ‘Developing personal narratives, identity and belonging’ (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust). The project evaluation report can be accessed here.
(2008) Dramatherapy treatment programme at Brookdale Care for adults on the autistic spectrum
PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
(2008) Practice development drama workshop aimed at examining the impact of a theatre performance devised and performed by mental health service users on improving care practice and mental health service delivery (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust)
(2007) Practice development drama workshop part of ‘Learning in and from Practice: A Practice Development Project across the Mental Health Directorate’ aiming at improving knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence of staff within mental health services through action learning and arts based interventions (Portsmouth City NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust)
(2006-2007) ‘Mental Health Service User Involvement Through Drama’: original theatre production and performance of ‘Call for Rescue’ by members of the Harrow User Group with the support of Mind in Harrow.
CONFERENCES AND TALKS
(September 2017) ‘An Arts-Based and Relational Phenomenological Research Investigating the Production of Meaning in Autobiographical Performance in Dramatherapy’. Paper presented as part of the 14th International Arts Therapies Conference, ECArTE, Krakow, Poland
(2017) ‘Between the Stage and the World Stage: Being a Dramatherapist in Times of Darkness’. Workshop presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of the European Federation of Dramatherapy, Ghent, Belgium
(2016) ‘Autobiographical Dialogue in Performance’. Paper presented at the Winter Conference of the British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group, London
(2015) ‘Six Characters in Search of an Audience: the Role and Function of the Audience in Dramatherapy’. Workshop presented as part of the 13th European Arts Therapies Conference, ECArTE, Palermo, Sicily
(2015) ‘Intersubjectivity and Metaxis in Performance in Dramatherapy’. Workshop presented as part of the British Association of Dramatherapists Annual Conference, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester
(2014) ‘Seeing Oneself Through the Eye of the Other: the Role of the Witness in the Production of Meaning in Autobiographical Performance’. Conference paper presented at the British Association of Dramatherapists Annual Conference, University of Surrey
(2012) ‘Autobiographical Performance and Intertextuality’. Workshop presented at the British Association of Dramatherapists Annual Conference, University of Hull (Scarborough)
(2012) ‘A Relational Approach to Trauma, Mourning, Memory and Recognition through ‘Death ans the Maiden’ by Ariel Dorfman’. Conference paper presented at the winter symposium on Psychoanalysis and Politics ‘Shared Traumas – Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning’ in Stockholm, Sweden
(2011) ‘Public Creative Space: Interplay between Therapy, Politics and Theatre’. Conference paper presented at the international summer symposium on Psychoanalysis and Politics organised by the Nordic Summer University in Falsterbo, Sweden
(2011) ‘The Actor, The Playwright, The Director and The Witness: Interchangeable Roles in the Therapeutic Relationship. A Dramatherapy Perspective on Recovery’. Workshop presented as part of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Allied Health Professions Conference
(2009-2010) ‘Legislative Theatre: A Celebration of The Work of Augusto Boal’; British Association of Dramatherapists CPD workshops
(2009) ‘The Sense of Belonging for the Dramatherapist within a European Framework’; Dramatherapy in Europe Exchange Project (DEEP) and Società Professionale Italiana Drammaterapia (SPID). Workshop. Milan, Italy
(2007) ‘The Political Body of the Dramatherapist and the Client’. Workshop presented at the British Association of Dramatherapists Annual Conference, University of York
(2007) ‘Meaningful Involvement of Service Users in Care’; CNWL NHS Foundation Trust Nursing Conference. Performance of ‘Call for Rescue’, interactive drama devised and performed by members of the Harrow User Group
(2007) ‘Call for Rescue’; Mental Health in the Asian Community in Harrow Conference. Performance of an original interactive drama devised and performed by members of the Harrow User Group