Victoria Townsend

BA Performing Art & Drama, MA Drama Therapy

Drama Therapist

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Core Training

University of Winchester

BA Performing Art and Drama

Angela Ruskin University Cambridge

MA Dramatherapy

 

Further Training

Elklan

Speech and Language support for children and young people with SLD – Pass

Swim England

Level 1 Teaching Swimming

Level 2 Teaching Swimming

CPD

Teaching Aquatics to children with learning difficulties

Makaton Sign Language

Level 1 – Pass

 

Regisration

Health Care Professions Council

Registered Dramatherapist

The British Association of Dramatherapists

Registered Member

Clinical Experience

I graduated as a Dramatherapist in 2016. Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy. In my work I utilise dramatic tools to help give my clients a safe space to be able to explore/address and deal with personal and social difficulties they are experiencing. I use dramatic tools to create safe passages to communicate. An example of some of the dramatic tools I use are story-telling, role play, movement, acting, talking and small world play.

 

Adults & Children with Learning Disabilities

I have over six years experience working with this client groups. I work on topics such as communication, emotional understanding/regulation, life skills, mental health and behaviour management. Some of the tools I use to help me in my work include pecs books, sign language, symbols and white boards. I work with this client group on a 1-2-1 basis and in groups.

Case Study
Female – Age – 10
Diagnosis – Autism, ADHD, Hypertonia, global delay, extensive processing disorder, severe emotional deregulation and anxiety disorder.Focus of Therapy – concentration, emotional understanding/regulation, behaviour management and life skills including an understanding of puberty.
Methodology of Therapy – Within the therapy with this female, I used specific tools such as Bucket Time. Bucket Time is an intervention model created by Gina Davis. This practice is used to help improve attention for children/adults with autism. I used this intervention model to hep improve this females concentration and improve her understanding of things beginning and things ending.
I also used stories in my methodology. I used stories to help this client look at topics such as Puberty. – I used the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ focusing on the change from the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Relating this change to the changes that were happening to the client ’s body. Through this story I introduced her to new tasks she would have to complete, tasks such as hygiene cleanliness and the changing of a pad.

Adults suffering with Addiction and Mental Health

Within my training to become a Dramatherapist, I had a placement working within the NHS for a year. The establishment I worked for was a 17 bedded service dedicated to adult mental health rehabilitation. In this placement I worked with adults who were suffering with addiction to drugs and alcohol. I formed and ran a drug and alcohol group focusing on their relationship to these substances, and their relationship to their addiction.

In my Methodology I used tools such as rituals. Rituals are repetitive actions/movements/activities that are done in every session. I used rituals to help my clients feel safe in the space we were working in. These rituals helped my clients feel safe enough in our sessions to start to look at the reasons behind their addiction. As part of my Methodology I also used stories and role-play. One story we focused on was a play called ‘The Ash Girl’ We looked at the monsters Ash Girl came into contact with and related that to the ‘monsters ‘my clients were facing at that time. We role-played as the monsters which led to creating characters that related to the perception of my clients ‘ addictions. Stories can be a great way to create distance for clients to feel safe enough to explore topics they are struggling to address.

 

Children & Teenagers suffering with Trauma and Mental Health

I have worked with this client group mainly through my private practice. I conduct 1-2-1 sessions with this client group and I look at topics such as self esteem, anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attachment disorder and other topics that the clients want to explore.

I look at these topics by using dramatic tools such as Small World Play. This is a play activity in which children/teenagers/adults can play with small objects. I use Small World Play to help clients explore trauma that has happened in their life. Some children I have worked with have re-enacted the trauma they have gone through with objects. By re-enacting the traumatic incident it has given my clients ownership over the incident. It has also given my clients time to process the traumatic incident that has happened by re-enacting it. Small world play also helps with language building, communication and can help reduce anxiety.

Clinic Location

I work in the Hampshire area.