I graduated as a Dramatherapist from the Sesame Dramatherapy course at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000 and have nearly 20 years extensive experience working with children, young people and adults in various settings. I am employed by the London Borough of Sutton as a Dramatherapist for the Sutton Clinical Health Team for People with Learning Disabilities and have worked there over 10 years. Here, as the placement manager, I also supervise Dramatherapy Roehampton University students ongoing.
I am a registered Clinical Supervisor and offer supervision to all professionals who work in the Health and Caring professions which could be councilors, therapists, nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers or care workers.
I teach Introduction/Intermediate Dramatherapy, as well as acting workshops for people who experience mental health issues at the established City Literary Institute in Covent Garden throughout the year. I previously worked at ‘Studio Upstairs’ - the arts community with a therapeutic concern for 8 years, where I facilitated the Psycho-therapeutic Performance Group in a mental health setting, as well as also supervising students and volunteers.
I worked with women and men who experience domestic abuse, in the London Borough of Greenwich for ‘Tryangle Project 2011’, where Augusto Boal’s Psych-Educational Forum Theatre (Theatre of the Opressed) is at the heart of the work.
I regularly facilitate and make use of Forum Theatre, Playback Theatre and Gabriel Roth‘s Five Rhythms, as a part of my Dramatherapy practice; as well as the more traditional ways of working in Dramatherapy, offering our clients talking therapy as well as the option to get out of their chair, in order to in a 3D manner, explore relevant issues through the art form of role-play, drama, movement, voice, story-telling, story-enactment, improvisation, puppetry, drumming, the playing of instruments, drawing and making music - all in relation to what the client is comfortable with.
Over the years I have very much enjoyed worked closely with Music Therapists, Art Therapists and Dance/Movement Psychotherapists – where I have felt that sharing ways of working with other related disciplines, and being inspired by them, is not only useful but an essential way of developing one’s own clinical practice.