I am a fully qualified arts therapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I practice in accordance with their standards of ethics and professional practice. I am also a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
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, and in Somatic Approaches to Healing Trauma.
Since 2007, I have been working as a specialist drama therapist in a community adult mental health service in the NHS. In that capacity, I have been providing individual and group treatment 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 expressive arts 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 expressive arts therapy 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
- an expressive arts therapy 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 movement based 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 areas of research focus on therapeutic theatre, autobiographical performance, trauma, shared meaning, aesthetics, embodiment, intersubjectivity, otherness and spectatorship.
I am actively involved in the development of the arts therapy profession in the UK. I am editorial board member and book review editor of the Dramatherapy journal. I am also a peer reviewer for RiDE (Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance).
As a performance maker, I am particularly interested in physical and embodied approaches to devising and performing, and in the performance space as a transitional space of dialogue and transformation.
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).
I am also a trained musician and a qualified teacher.