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Welcome to Dramatherapy Southwest

Sepping SonesDramatherapy Southwest is a professional network which exists to promote drama as a therapeutic approach. It is a non-profit organization and was first established in 1989.

We are all dramatherapy practitioners who live and work in the region. Some work in the NHS, some in education and others in private practice.

We are all inspired by the art form of drama, the power of its creativity and the enjoyment of self-expression.

Drama makes use of the mind, imagination, voice and body. It makes use of space, form, colour, and image. 

There is a wealth of evidence that dramatherapy can improve mental health and general well-being


  "Dramatherapy is the application of this art form to psychotherapy"

Featured Dramatherapist: Tracey Wills

Are you struggling to cope or to make sense of your life? Do you feel stuck or limited in options for the way forward?

The world, and hence life, is, by nature, challenging - there is constant flux and change, bringing us 'ups and downs' some of which are expected but many are not. And we can struggle.

What can be done?

We cannot change our past or the people around us, but we can alter our own relationship to ourselves and how we view our lives, our relationships and our circumstances. This ultimately releases us from the debilitating grips of low self-esteem, grief, anxity, depression or anger - making us more tolerant of change and able to find increased contentment as we move forward on life's path.
I offer a variety of playful and creative ways with which to explore such personal issues. No previous experience of drama, music or art is necessary - just a willingness and curiosity to explore through creative means. I work in a client-centred way which means the pace and content of the sessions are determined by you, the client.

I am HCPC registered, based in Exeter and Mid Devon, offering individual or group dramatherapy. I have considerable experience of using dramatherapy in residential and day-care settings with older people, people with dementia, and adults/children with learning disabilities. I have also worked dramatherapeutically with looked-after and adopted children.

Besides dramatherapy, I also offer drama facilitation for groups wishing to explore and develop drama and theatre skills; and I offer training or team-building workshops for organisations interested in a playful, drama based approach.

News and Events

 Dramatherapy Southwest CPD Day Event 
Date: Saturday 15 July 2017
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Venue: Cockingtn Court, Torquay, 

We now have a programme for our summer CPD day that is taking place on Saturday 15th July at Cockington Court in Torquay.

The morning will be a full experiential outdoor Environmental Arts Therapy (EAT) workshop facilitated by three members of Dramatherapy Southwest (Susie Thompson, Lia Ponton & Will Berisch-Secretan). This workshop will explore a dragon legend from the Polish city of Krakow.

The afternoon will be a full workshop facilitated by Martin Redfern exploring IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy and how an understanding of this model can be mapped to and enhance the practice of dramatherapy. We will be sending out full details of both workshops very soon.

Lunch will be an unrushed 'bring-and-share' meal with opportunities to connect and relax. Arrivals and refreshments will be from 9.45 am with a formal start at 10.15 am. The plenary will end by 5 pm and there will be opportunities to relax and socialize after that.

The number of places will be limited. If you are able to book before 7th July we can secure you a car parking permit at no extra cost. There are also Torquay railway stations within walking distance of the venue.

The full day will be offered at 25 to members (20 to student members and to members at state retirement age).

Non members will be charged 60 for the full day (45 for students/state retirement age). This higher payment will also entitle those who are eligible to become members of Dramatherapy Southwest for the remainder of the year (until and including the January AGM and CPD day in Bristol).

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 Local DvT Practice/Play session Event 
Date: Sunday 02 July 2017
Time: 10.30 - 13.30
Venue: Trefoil Lodge, Exeter, 

Our last Southwest DvT get-together before a long summer break is on Sunday 2nd July. Cost is 10 to all attendees.

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