Play It Through

Stephen Fry – Heroes

Last night I went to see Stephen Fry – Heroes at the Hammersmith Apollo, a night of stories and mythology. To a soundtrack of Hero by Mariah Carey, Fry walked on stage and settled into an armchair for an evening of story telling. Fry has written two books on Greek mythology Mythos – exploring the Olympian Gods (2017) Heroes – exploring the Greek heroes (2018) Stephen Fry’s retelling of the epic myths are clearly written, with a focus on the […]

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Snow Angel of Antarctica and Sugar Buddy

Yesterday, I went to see an Off West End production of two new plays by new theatre company The UnDisposables. The first play, the Snow Angel of Antarctica poignantly explored a sibling relationship including rivalry, bickering, caring and inspiring each other. Jimmy (Jaymin Michaels) and Ellie (Esther Joy Mackay) are twins. Jimmy, “the funny twin” is 10 minutes older than Ellie “the boring sensible twin”. Ellie is growing up, leaving home and going to university, while Jimmy spends his time listening […]

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Stories: identity and community

Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work I have just finished reading Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work edited by Richard Rose (Rose, 2017), a detailed and inspiring book focused on the importance for looked after and adopted children in knowing their own stories. I was particularly inspired by part 1 where Rose set’s out his approach including games, wall paper, art materials and the support of the child’s primary carers’. He described how “life story work is therapeutic, supportive and in some […]

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Full Member of BADth

Having completed my Masters in Dramatherapy and registered with The Health and Care Professions Council, I have now registered with BADth, the professional body for Dramatherapists in Britain. Membership of the British Association of Dramatherapists means I am kept up to date with changes to the profession through the Dramatherapy Journal, industry Newsletter and email updates. It gives me access to a number of training courses and conferences for a reduced fee and access to a mentoring scheme for newly […]

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HCPC Registered Arts Therapists

I have just been registered as an Arts Therapist: dramatherapist through the Health and Care Professions Council. Many different types of counsellors and psychotherapists practice in the UK. Talking therapists are not legally required to be registered or regulated by any body. This means that anybody can call themselves a counsellor, even if they have done no counselling training. Many counselling jobs do specify that counsellors are registered, usually either through the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) or […]

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Snakes, Circles and Selves: Toward an Alchemy of Dramatherapy by Robert Landy

This year I attended my first Dramatherapy Conference organised by the British Association of Dramatherapists. The 2018 theme was “Moving, progressing and coming back to self” and used the ancient Egyptian symbol of The Ouroboros – the serpent eating itself – to explore this. The Key Note ‘Snakes, Circles and Selves: Toward an Alchemy of Dramatherapy’ was by Dr Robert Landy. Beginning with two personal stories about going around in circles, Robert went on to explore the symbolism and significance of […]

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Mentoring Training

Our successful mentoring programme has so far trained 150 adults from the local community as mentors. They have gone on to mentor in schools, youth clubs, prisons, youth offending services, private practice and other settings. 15 days of professional training The training covers six modules. 1) Building Relationships Identifying your client group and appropriately advertising your services Establishing a strong rapport Stimulate ideas with practical resources, activities and games Encourage personal growth through art materials, creative writing and worksheets Inspire […]

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I don’t do theories

Last week I was observing a group therapeutic intervention in a secondary school. The project was clearly challenging and inspiring those who attended and the school had already started to notice positive change. At a break I was speaking to the main facilitator about the approach which I compared to the theory of Transactional Analysis developed by Dr. Eric Berne. The activities planned for the day had focused around both the Parent – Adult – Child theory and “The Games […]

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