Talking in therapy can sometimes be too confrontational. Or when we encounter trauma or feel dis-ease it cannot always be intellectualised through language. In dramatherapy the therapist recognises that in order for the client to find relief and therapeutic change they need to address not only their psychological, but also their physical and emotional experience. A dramatherapist helps a client to find their own language through an art form where something is ‘made’ that can be reflected on rather than the onus being placed so directly on the client. This can give relief through the process of the art form. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their training’s in theatre/drama and psychological therapy to create methods to engage you in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.
Initial Consultation (50 mins) £35
Individual Sessions (50 mins) £60
Trainee Therapists (50 mins) £42 (Over 10 years of working with trainee therapists)
Group therapy up to 15 People (2 Hours) £35
As a senior dramatherapist and consulting therapist in schools commissioned by CAMHS, Primary and Secondary schools I work as a specialist with children and young people adopted or in foster foster care with skills and experience around attachment challenges and relational developmental trauma. I use principles from Dyadic Developmental Practice training that offers a framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children with the emphasis on repair in therapy and relating this to family relationships.
Dramatherapy can play an essential role in children’s readiness to learn because of its relation to psychological and emotional development. A regular programme of dramatherapy within areas of difficulty such as acting out behaviour, withdrawal, anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of confidence can provide ‘good enough’ experiences and offer a therapeutically safe environment for young people to express their needs in order to build up their ego strength. The ‘hook’ for children and young people is the language and tools of drama and theatre which can make therapy different, playful and more accessible than talking therapies. Key areas identified for therapeutic work include:
Developing a therapeutic relationship that provides a feeling of containment and holding, useful when working around attachment and learning to manage separation and loss
Working with awareness and boundaries crucial to the development of identity and safety
Creative expression encourages risk-taking and imaginative enterprise associated with successful learning, it can also provide a containment for emotion that is blocking learning
The developmental approach is useful for assessment, structuring a programme and explaining the work and moving a child on
Emotional literacy to help identify difficult feelings in order to begin to successfully integrate them
Developing a sense of community and responsibility through myth, symbol and theatre work
School Package 12 Sessions (50 mins) £880 2017 / £920 2018
The therapeutic package includes the therapeutic session, travel, supervision, meetings and reports. The therapy service success is not only the work with the young person or child but my involvement as much as possible with all professionals as part of the systemic healing system.
I currently work as a therapist in fostering teams and independently using DDP principles (a framework for therapy and parenting developmentally traumatised children) to support parents, guardians and carers with children’s emotional attachment and developmental trauma through relational-based psychotherapy. The family sessions with the caregivers aim to improve a child’s ability to relate, develop secure attachments and respond to challenges in life led by the main attachment figure’s exploration of their own experience as an attachment figure for a traumatised child.
Initial Consultation (2 Hours) £80
Parent Sessions (2 Hours) £120