Individual Psychotherapy & Drama based work
People come into psychotherapy for all kinds of reasons.
There may be an event that demands understanding or a different response, a symptom, a desire, a difficult feeling or thought, a striking dream or a general sense of malaise, a troublesome memory or part memory or a fear about the future. For some it will be as a course requirement.
Whatever it is that may bring you, my offer as a Psychotherapist is to work with you as a whole person, not just as the bearer of your symptom or distress.
I work with people not symptoms or disorders.
At the end of the day 1:1 psychotherapy is about a relationship; about two people in a room taking time out of daily routines to put time and effort into exploring what one of them brings.
It can be challenging, developmental, distressing, enriching, frustrating, hard work, hilarious, illuminating, joyful, life saving, moving, provocative, reparative, scary, soulful, stretching, supportive, tearful, transformative........
It may be a relatively short experience or it may be a long journey. Whichever it may be for you my offer is to be alongside you whilst keeping out of your way as you explore. As John Rowan often said: " Only you can do it but you don't have to do it alone."
There was a cliche popular when I was training: "The map is not the territory" we would be told and I like that way of looking at things. I have a plan chest of maps in my head, some theoretical, some based on previous journeys undertaken over the years but none of them are yours nor those of anyone else whom I've not met yet.
DRAMA BASED WORK
As The British Association For Dramatherapy says:
"Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth."
As Dr. J. L. Moreno, the father of Psychodrama, is said to have said: " Don't tell me, show me!"
My early experiences in street and pub theatre and experiential theatre workshops taught me first hand just how powerful an intervention it could be out in the world. My experience as a Dramatherapist and Psychotherapist has confirmed this when working with those who come to explore their inner worlds and conflicts.