In 1569, Emilia Bassano is born in England. Her Jewish father emigrated from Venice, Italy to England in 1549 to become a Court Musician for King Henry VIII, further back in her family tree, her ancestors were Shepherds in Morocco in the 1300’s. Emilia is a lady of the court but her race and religion are different from many of those around her. Raised in the Court of Queen Elizabeth I, she becomes the mistress of the Queen’s cousin but […]Read more
I have spoken about parts of self as a model in dramatherapy to explore inner conflicts and different aspects of our personalities. When introducing this to a group, if the set up allows, my preferred method is to set up a labyrinth. Having been trained in the ritual theatre model of dramatherapy, with it’s focus on drama’s oldest roots into religious rites of passage, ceremony and community bonds, I am interested in how drama and theatre can help us connect […]Read more
This month I attended an online conference called “Tracing Trauma” where 14 different speakers spoke for 1 hour each on different approaches to working with trauma in the body. I want to share three approaches which work with the bodies natural processes to help regulate and sooth the body after trauma. These methods engage the bodies parasympathetic nervous system – the system designed to bring us to a state of calm and rest.Read more
Part of the therapist code is ‘Non-maleficence’ – cause no harm. In psychotherapy we know that humans make mistakes (even therapists) and accidents happen. As a mental health professional, my insurance is there to ensure that, whatever may happen, my clients are protected.Read more
Sometimes Dramatherapy thinks about our different “parts of self” and uses this to explore inner conflict.
One psychotherapy model which does this in a very accepting way is Internal Family Systems by Richard Schwartz which puts its emphasis on Self Leadership for inner healing. Read more to find out the basics of how the IFS model works.