I offer individual dramatherapy for adults and young people
Dramatherapy helps you work through personal and emotional difficulties through creativity, play and the therapeutic use of drama and theatre
What is dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy belongs to the family of the arts therapies alongside music, art, and dance and movement therapies. It is an active form of psychotherapy that encourages the creative expression of thoughts and feelings in a way that can lead to greater self awareness and help make problems more manageable. Dramatherapy offers alternative and creative ways of communicating and understanding what may feel difficult to put into words and overwhelming to deal with. Dramatherapy encourages the use of metaphors to enable the exploration and understanding of difficult issues at a distance. The engagement in an ‘as if’ reality opens possibilities for safe and contained ways of understanding, approaching and re-considering past and present personal difficulties, thoughts and emotions.
As an expressive form of therapy, dramatherapy also mobilises the inner imaginative and creative resources of the individual, leading to new skills, greater confidence, resilience and an ability to deal more effectively with situations arising in life. Dramatherapy makes use of a variety of techniques and methods to help address and explore our deepest concerns. These may include the use of embodiment, projective play, dramatic play, masks, puppets, improvisation, storytelling or storymaking. Dramatherapy enables the exploration of the roles one plays in life either explicitly or implicitity. It helps identify existing, latent and new roles in order to increase one’s ability to enjoy a fulfilled life.
What can dramatherapy help you with?
Dramatherapy helps to address a large number of issues, psychological presentations and difficulties. Over the years, I have specialised in the following areas:
- low mood and depression
- anxiety disorders
- traumatic life experiences
- loss and bereavement
- relationship difficulties
- life transitions
Do you need to be good at arts, drama or theatre?
Definitely not! Dramatherapy is accessible to all and does not require previous experience in drama or theatre. Dramatherapy is not about performing or learning acting skills. It is a medium that helps develop self-awareness and the ability to work through personal difficulties. The engagement with the arts provides an opportunity to communicate and explore personal issues from a different perspective. Ultimately, the therapy aims at meeting your personal needs. This means that there is also space for talking and reflection.
Is a taster session possible?
You will be invited to attend an initial assessment session to discuss whether the therapy could meet your individual needs. You will then be able to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to carry on with the treatment. The initial assessment session is free of charge and will give you a better understanding of dramatherapy.
How long is the treatment for?
This will depend on your individual needs and circumstances. The initial assessment session will help clarify the length and focus of the therapy.
What do people say about my practice?
Below is a short podcast with the clinical director of a rehab unit who comments on the effectiveness of dramatherapy following a treatment programme that I delivered.
Other feedback can be viewed on the testimonials page.
You might also like to read an article co-written by myself and one of my ex-clients about his experience of dramatherapy, and published in the 2019 April/May edition of Mental Health Nursing. This article is available here.
Can it be trusted?
Dramatherapy is a recognised and protected profession in the UK that can only be practiced by those fully trained, qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I am fully qualified and registered as a dramatherapist with HCPC. I practice in accordance with the HCPC standards of ethics and professional practice. I am certified group work practitioner with the Institute of Group Analysis, and certified in Trauma Treatments with the British Psychological Society. I am also a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists. I am fully insured.
How much will it cost?
£45 per individual session. £35 for people on low income and students. £20 for people on benefits.
Please refer to the contact page.