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 is Dramatherapy?
Through the years I have spent learning, training, and working in Dramatherapy, I have become very aware of how much discomfort the word "drama" can provoke. So, as a starting point, I like to emphasise that Dramatherapy is not a drama class. It is a creative and integrated psychotherapy.
Creatively, it is based on the techniques and rituals of the art forms of drama and performance, and their various elements, such as movement, character development, improvisation, creative writing, storytelling, directing, etc.
Its integrated approach means that it uses various psychological theories and approaches to best suit the needs of each individual. Examples include counselling, psychodynamic, person-centred, developmental, attachment-based, archetypal, and even coaching.
Using the aesthetic distance and metaphor of drama in therapy, it provides a sense of safety and ability to figure out that 'this is me' and 'this is not me'. Paradoxically, this dramatic distance provides a structure whereby participants become closer to themselves.
how I work: Emotions & 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 emotions and narratives as a framework.
This is what I have learned about myself: I perceive everything through the prism of emotions - their origin, their function, their manifestation. I love writing and reading, and so I love narratives.
I tend to look at my life, and my clients' lives, through narratives as well, or life stories. What is the narrative so far? What is the story we’re telling ourselves about our lives? What is the origin, function, and manifestation of each of our narratives?
In terms of actual techniques and exercises, my approach consists of 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 containment.
Through this combination, you will experience:
Being more present and grounded
Safe emotional depth
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.