BA (Hons), MA Dramatherapy, BADth
Creative Arts Psychotherapy
BA (Hons) Drama, Aberystwyth University
MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University
Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
I have worked as an accredited Dramatherapist since 2008.
Areas I work with
Children and adolescents with a wide range of mental health needs; including anxiety, depression, trauma, emerging personality disorders, psychosis, eating disorders, self harm, attachment disorders, emotional-behavioural difficulties and neuro-developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD, also genetic conditions such as Down’s Syndrome and Prader Willi.
How I work
I meet with the client and their parent/carer for an initial assessment and then formulate a treatment plan. This could be a short term piece of work focusing a specific aim, for example coping with anger or managing anxiety, or a longer term intervention working with more complex needs.
I use creative arts methods including; story, myth, play, music and art to explore client’s feelings, needs and personal issues in a safe, confidential space, working at the client’s pace.
Stories, characters and themes emerge from within the container of the art form – through this creative distance clients can safely explore even the most difficult and painful life experiences and personal challenges.
Dramatherapy builds self esteem, self confidence, self awareness and helps clients to discover their own healthy, coping strategies.
I place particular importance on helping my clients find their own voice and meaning. Helping clients to discover and build upon their own inner resources through the work, to build resilience and to create space in themselves for a positive outlook. I strongly believe that through early intervention the emergence of unhealthy coping mechanisms can be prevented and the likelihood of more serious mental health needs in the future can be reduced.
I was co-ordinator and lead therapist for a dramatherapy-in-schools service for a London Local Authority, delivering group dramatherapy to children with ASD and other social communication needs.
I worked as a CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) practitioner in a South London NHS mental health trust and lead therapist for an NHS TaMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) service. In CAMHS I worked for the Child and Family team and then for the Carelink team (children Looked After and adopted).
Through private practice I have worked in many schools and Pupil Referral Units across South London delivering individual and group therapy and I have also worked for charities such as Solace Women’s Aid delivering group therapy to children that have experienced domestic violence.
In addition to my work with children and young people I have worked in a South East London NHS adult inpatient unit, where I delivered group and individual therapy to clients experiencing psychosis and clients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
In partnership with Kings College Hospital and Macmillan Cancer charity I, along with two colleagues pioneered and delivered a group dramatherapy programme for adults diagnosed with brain tumours. This piece of research was published by Macmillian and Kings College Hospital.
Where I work
I offer clinic-based sessions from the Petersfield clinic or sessions at school or college.