Background

I am a H.C.P.C registered Dramatherapist (HCPC logo) and Badth registered clinical supervisor (Badth logo). I currently work in education, healthcare and private practice. Drama and theatre have always played a central role in my life. It encompasses my career in theatre, teaching drama/theatre studies and practising as a Dramatherapist. In all areas, I have experienced and witnessed the incredible healing potential of Drama and theatre to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight, change and growth. I remain actively involved in therapeutic theatre projects. 

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Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are clinicians that draw upon training in theatre/drama and therapy in order to create methods to engage clients in effectual psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context: stories, metaphor and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions that a Dramatherapist may employ. These enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach that can offer insight by observing a situation from different perspectives. I believe Dramatherapy is about the presence of a willing and intuitive listener who can guide the client through the creative process to find meaning and to re-create the image of themselves, allowing a more functional self-image and a clearer road ahead to emerge.

 

Qualifications

PhD in Dramatherapy – Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

M.A. Dramatherapy – Roehampton University London, HCPC registered, Badth member

Clinical Supervisor – Diploma in Clinical Supervision, TPE

Qualified Teacher Status - Middlesex University

M.A. Drama Studies – University College Dublin

B. Social Science – University College Dublin