Since 2007, I have been working as a consultant dramatherapist in a community adult mental health service in the NHS. In that capacity, I have been providing individual and group dramatherapy for clients with a wide range of emotional difficulties. I have developed expertise in the treatment of low mood and depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, loss and bereavement and relationship 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 delivered a number of dramatherapy programmes including:
- a therapeutic performance project for prison inmates at HMP Bedford in 2019 based on the theme of the ‘key’ and on the internal power for change
- a group dramatherapy programme at Rekindling House, a psychological and rehab therapy service for people with drug and alcohol problems in Luton, between 2013 and 2017
- a dramatherapy programme with Afghani unaccompanied minors in 2010 entitled ‘Developing personal narratives, identity and belonging’ with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (the project evaluation report can be accessed here).
- a dramatherapy treatment programme at Brookdale Care for adults on the autistic spectrum in 2008
I hold a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University where I was also an invited lecturer on the MA programme in Dramatherapy between 2011 and 2016. My current area of research focuses on therapeutic theatre, autobiographical performance, meaning, intersubjectivity, otherness and spectatorship.
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 an Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments with the British Psychological Society. I have extended training in the art form of theatre. I am particularly interested in physical and embodied approaches to devising and performing.
I am actively involved in the devising of theatre performances that seek to foster dialogue within and between communities. In 2013, I founded Kempston Community Theatre Co., a community theatre company aimed at creating innovative and engaging theatre by, for and about the community. I trained members of the local community in developing acting, improvisation and performance skills. Excerpts of the community performances I produced and directed can be viewed on my Vimeo channel. Additional information about the company can be found on its Twitter and Facebook page.
In 2008, 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).
Aspects of my current performance and artistic practice can be viewed on my other website www.jfjacquespublicart.com