I have worked with young people and adults, in both a creative and therapeutic capacity throughout my working life.
My background is in the theatre, where I worked for 20 years as an actor and director, primarily on a physical theatre approach. During that time I taught drama and provided coaching, training and role-play in both the health services and corporate sectors.
Ten years ago I began working on theatre projects with young people where drama was specifically used to illuminate personal, political and social attitudes. This ‘applied’ use of drama led me to ‘Dramatherapy’.
Embracing the passion and interest I have in both the theatre, healing, and human potential, dramatherapy fulfills my aspiration for offering creative solutions, while promoting our expressive potential.
I qualified as a dramatherapist from Roehampton University in 2011.
During my training I set up dramatherapy services in a special school for children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) and pioneered the first recorded dramatherapy service within the Early Intervention in Psychosis service for people suffering from First Episode Psychosis (FEP) *a detailed report is available on request by EIP services (see publications).
I now work in secure mental health hospital and in private practice, providing both therapy and clinical support, whilst I am trauma-informed in integrate the Lifespan Integration method and somatically driven trauma treatment approaches into the therapeutic work.
Adult Mental Health …with enduring mental health issues in the community
First Episode Psychosis Supporting the recovery programme for young adults who suffer from the symptoms of psychosis. Training provided & Workshops: Teachers, Schools, NHS trusts, charities and organizations
Transition work – supporting Ex-offenders making the transition from inside prison to the outside community
Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties – Associated with neglect and/or abuse, acting out behaviour, attachment issues
Children with learning difficulties Including those on the autistic spectrum
WORKSHOPS & TRAINING
Introduction to Dramatherapy workshops
Bespoke training workshops
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
2017-2018 Lifespan Integration training (level3)
2015-2017 Creative Arts Supervision Training (CAST)
2008-2011 MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University
1989-92 BA Hons Performing Arts, Middlesex University