What i currently offer
ONLINE THERAPY SESSIONS
Weekend availability; Evenings
For an insight into how a session with me would be like, check out this blog post … a session with Ryan.
What Kind of therapy?
I am a trained Dramatherapist. This simply means that I have learned psychotherapy through the prism of metaphor, imagination, and creative expression. In Dramatherapy, we see the different parts of us as characters in a play, for instance. More often than not, these characters are fighting with each other and can’t agree on how to move forward.
One of my roles in this context, is to help you make sense of what these characters (parts of you) want, and how to help them collaborate with each other in harmony.
Creatively, we may work with movement, character development, improvisation, creative writing, storytelling, directing, etc. And we may also just talk, if that’s easier. There’s no right or wrong.
Even though the metaphor of drama and performance is used to create a safe sense of distance between ourselves, and our problems, it eventually helps us to become closer to ourselves.
how I work: Personal Narratives
Just like every person is different, so is every Dramatherapist. I would say that I'm cognitively inclined, which means that I use quite a lot of talking therapy, and I'm also equally inclined towards personal narratives as guides and clues.
This is what I have learned about myself: I love writing and reading, and so I love personal narratives. That is where I always start. How do you see yourself? What is your life story or narrative like? What roles and characters participate in that narrative? What is the story we’re telling ourselves about our lives?
Check out this short clip from Dundee Rep Theatre in Scotland, to learn a bit more about Dramatherapy.
As the video indicates, the actual techniques and exercises may vary, and might include creating stories, characters, dialogues, monologues, drawing, painting, and then reflecting on these creations, in order to reach insights and find practical solutions to daily life.
How I can help
My sessions combine depth, creativity, and emotional exploration.
Through this combination, you will experience:
More self-compassion and authenticity
New perspectives and insights
Being more present and grounded
Healthier relationships and boundaries
Active imagination and creativity
Through the years, I've also gained much experience with specific groups of people:
For women, I have been very helpful in the healing of their relationships with men, specifically and collectively;
For gay men, I have been very helpful in matters of emotional intimacy, managing shame, and self-compassion;
For people with experiences of different types of childhood abuse, I have been very helpful in guiding them through the different stages of healing those wounds;
For people in recovery from addiction, I have been very helpful in helping to manage their day-to-day, finding balance, preventing lapses, and managing emotions;
For people living with HIV, I have been very helpful in re-framing identities, labels, and emotional wounds;
For everyone, I have been very helpful in making them feel that they matter, they are loved, they are listened to, that they have a voice, and that they are not alone.