Sussex Engage Founder & Clinical Director – Lisa Douglas

I am a theatre practitioner and drama therapist that believes in empowering the individual in their own healing process and see my role as a guide. For as long as I can remember dramatic processes whether dance or drama filled me with belonging and understanding of life. I have always understood my calling to the processes inherent in the theatre. This passion developed as I embarked on a career in theatre and directing which led to complete six years training as a drama therapist specialising in ritual theatre at Roehampton in London.

It was during this time whilst training that I undertook my own Hero’s Journey that shook the very foundations of my own understanding into the power of theatre. It brought together a fusion of ritual, movement, voice, theatre, characters, safety, transformation, healing and most importantly a process that highlighted the autonomy of the individual to govern their own experience in order to recognise and shift barriers that restrict living more fully.

I have worked as a dramatherapist specialising in addictions, eating and mood disorders working in a variety of settings from rehabilitation centres, schools, foster care teams, youth services, prisons and women refuges.  I am registered with the Health Professions Council and receive clinical supervision from a specialist dramatherapist.  I have 20 years experience of working therapeutically with children and adults. I trained in Arts Therapies in 1998 and went on to complete a Masters in Dramatherapy, spanning 6 years professional practice training. I am a senior dramatherapist and consulting therapist and have been working with families and children across the South of England around adoption and foster care for the past ten years which is how Sussex Engage has developed.  During this time I have had the pleasure of teaching theatre and directing stage plays with young people.  I am currently involved in a theatre company, perform regularly and write for Fringe Review a Brighton based theatre reviewer.  I have just completed Dyadic Developmental Practice training Level 1 and 2 that offers a framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children with the emphasis developing secure relationships to heal trauma.  2018 is going to be an exciting year of developing this practice as I step into the practicum with families to become a DDP consultant.


Sussex Engage Dramatherapist & Clinical Supervisor – Tara Richards (Sussex)

I am a senior dramatherapist and dramatherapy supervisor with over 10 years dramatherapy experience, and over 20 years of drama experience working with young people in schools and theatres throughout Sussex, London and Italy.
In my practice I facilitate a creative, expressive, non-judgemental space of safety and containment for my clients. I use close attunement in order for clients to feel held, heard and witnessed, as I accompany them on their journey of self discovery, insight, growth and healing.
I have an MA in dramatherapy from Roehampton university, A Post-graduate Certificate In Arts Therapy And Education from IATE and a BA in Classical Studies specialising in drama from Royal Holloway University of London.
I am passionate about the arts and I am also an actress, theatre practitioner and yoga and mindfulness facilitator.




Sussex Engage Arts Therapist (Drama) & Clinical Supervisor – Jeni Gill (Hampshire)

Jeni is a registered Dramatherapist and Clinical Supervisor. She is HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered, and a member of BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists), and has an Advanced Certificate in Creative Arts Supervision.

Jeni began her career in youth and schools work, so has many years experience in supporting children and young people. She uses a wide range of therapeutic tools such as stories, art, sand play, movement and sound, and is therefore able to adapt to the needs and interests of each client.

Jeni has much experience in working with clients in; bereavement and families facing a terminal diagnosis, those in transition, survivors and witnesses of sexual abuse and domestic violence, looked after children, those with special guardians and those who have been adopted. Jeni also has experience of working with children of different abilities. Jeni aims to create a safe space for clients to express themselves freely, feel valued, find solutions and reach their potential.


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