Sarah Kokkinos

BA (Hons), MA Dramatherapy, BADth

Dramatherapist

Creative Arts Psychotherapy

Core Training

BA (Hons) Drama, Aberystwyth University

MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University

Registrations

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.

Clinical experience

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.