Emma Rasalingam

Child, Adolescent, Adult & Family Therapist

Arts & Drama Therapist

Art Therapy, Drama Therapy

Emma has 20 years experience of working with children, adults and families. She has extensive experience working in schools, psychiatric settings and private hospitals as well as wellbeing centres. She also runs workshops in the UK and abroad.

Working with the unconscious through a more playful approach compared to traditional ‘talking therapies’ helps the client to be more at ease.

Creative psychotherapy uses the language of symbol and metaphor to address issues in a ‘one removed’ way and helps people think, feel and express themselves in a less guarded way.

Emma works with:

  • People who are experiencing anxiety/stress;
  • People who have suffered trauma;
  • Children and adults who have been given diagnoses such as ADHD or ASD;
  • People who have relationship issues;
  • Addictive personalities;
  • Breakdowns;
  • Depression;
  • People with attachment issues;
  • And those who just want a period of support and a deeper insight and understanding of themselves.

Location 

She sees individuals, couples, children and families for private sessions and is based at Chiddingfold in Surrey, near Haslemere, Godalming, Guildford and Farnham.

 Qualifications and accreditation

  • MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

Experience

Across 34 Primary schools to date, Emma’s work has helped around 1000 children, Her work has had a constructive effect on children, families and classrooms, keeping many children within mainstream school and off SEN registers. It has also had massive impact on those children’s family life whenever she has been able to also reach and work alongside their parents.

Emma’s focus has always been early intervention for which she has raised over £300,000 to facilitate hundreds of therapeutic groups. She trained and supervised eight other therapists to practice throughout London and the South East and ran trainings for staff within schools and across boroughs to help teaching and support staff understand and therefore educate those children from a more therapeutic perspective.

She is a fully qualified and registered HCPC Arts Psychotherapist with thirteen years experience and with over twenty years working with children within education, but when she was a teacher in a school where the children’s emotional difficulties were so severe that learning was practically impossible, she took the decision to find out how to work differently to help those children. She trained for two years using the Arts and Therapy within Education and then completed a Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which qualified her as a registered Arts Psychotherapist able to work with children and adults, both one-to-one and with groups.

Emma became an ambassador for early intervention discovering that a psychodynamic approach is often far more powerful and transformative than solely talking through issues. Both child and adult clients are able to more directly connect to their unconscious through creative means using tools such as sand-trays, music, story, art, role-play and other media, in a safe environment with clear boundaries, and can effect deep and positive change more quickly.

Having built a successful business as a self-employed therapist and team-leader she now combines a busy home practice seeing adults, children and families with work with teenagers in a CAMHS HDU and PICU at a Priory Hospital as well as adults in a private Psychiatric hospital.