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ABOUT MYSELF

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, particularly focusing 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.

WORK EXPERIENCE

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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).

YOUNG PEOPLE

Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Associated with neglect and/or abuse, acting out behaviour, attachment issues

• Young Carers Children who look after parents and siblings with disabilities and/or mental health issues, and/or substance misuse

• Children with learning difficulties Including those on the autistic spectrum

• Youth at Risk of offending Frequently from disadvantaged backgrounds

ADULTS

• Adult Mental Health Supporting adults 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

Ex-offenders making the transition from inside prison to the outside community

TRAINING PROVISION AND WORKSHOPS

Teachers, Schools, NHS trusts, charities and organisations

• Introduction to dramatherapy workshops

• Bespoke training workshops

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

1989-92 BA Hons Performing Arts, Middlesex University

2008-2011 MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University

1998 Domestic Violence Awareness training

2009 Developmental Transformations workshops

2010 Child protection training