Dramatherapy is a unique approach to psychotherapy that offers active, creative, and playful methods to facilitate exploration, insight, growth and healing. Feelings that arise during therapy can be daunting, and dramatherapy offers alternative modes of expression when it is difficult to express feelings or experiences with words.
Some creative tools that may be used in a dramatherapy session include:
Dramatherapy is accessible to everyone across all ages. It requires no artistic or acting ability. There is no expectation to ‘perform’ or be put on the spot.The aim is to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace and with your own potential. Using drama or art is not essential, though it can aid the therapeutic process and make the most of the experience of psychotherapy.
Every person is unique and brings with them a complex set of life experiences which has shaped them. Previous areas of work have included:
Creative workshops are available to commission for all types of organisations. After an initial consultation, Alyssa will design a bespoke workshop to suit your needs.
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All sessions are entirely bespoke. In lieu of a top-down information delivery method, Alyssa chooses to work collaboratively and create a truly customised experience. She will assess the needs of individual groups, teasing out strengths and difficulties using gentle and non-threatening techniques, drawing from a repertoire of exercises in order to create the most helpful and appropriate programme for each group. Rather than being told what they need, participants play an active role in the process and thus have ownership of the outcome.
Alyssa is particularly experienced in cultural competence work and has developed a specialty technique for this purpose. Transcultural Narrative is a creative, dynamic technique that aims to build meaningful relationships by drawing upon participants’ input and experiences. By using creative strategies rather than standardised presentations and role play, participants are able to relax, have fun, and discover common ground. Transcultural Narrative is rooted in the concept that the better we know ourselves, the better we are able to empathise with others. We all have stories to tell; when we tell our stories and listen to others tell theirs, we can begin to reach a deeper understanding.
I also offer dramatherapy sessions and therapeutic support via video chat or phone. This is suitable for people who travel frequently or face difficulties in accessing face-to-face therapy.
I am an HCPC registered Dramatherapist based in central Cambridge. I am psychodynamically trained and have clinical experience in a variety of health and educational settings, most recently as the Lead Therapist for a highly-regarded children’s charity. I have particular research interests in the areas of trauma, migration, and adolescence, though all referrals are welcome.
I also hold an MA in Intercultural Communication, during which I developed the Transcultural Narrative method for training and therapy. I am passionate about supporting people of all ages on their journey to find their own story.
Training courses and CPD workshops I have undertaken include:
If you think dramatherapy could be a good fit for you, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!