Welcome to Dramatherapy Southwest
Dramatherapy 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
Featured Dramatherapist: Martin Redfern
Mental Health Practitioner, HCPC registered dramatherapist and DfE registered teacher. I have worked for well over ten years with children and young people with histories of trauma and/or neglect. This has been in education with children who were out of school, with their families and the services that are there to support them and as a therapist for a foster care agency. Since December 2015 I have been employed fours days a week by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Tier 3 Mental Health Practitioner.
I have served on the Dramatherapy Southwest Committee in a number of different capacities. I am currently (2017) Chair of this organisation.
In 2001 I gained an MEd in Psychology of Education, and in 2011 an MA in Dramatherapy. My preferred approach to dramatherapy is to use the practice of developmental transformations (DvT) as developed by David Read Johnson and colleagues. This approach evolved as a form of dramatherapy mainly from work with Vietnam Veterans and is being continually refined to increase its effectiveness with those affected by trauma and other life-restricting conditions.
In March 2014 I graduated from the Institute of Developmental Transformations and, with Tracey Wills, I have been running the DvT practice and training days in Exeter. Contact me for information about these days which take place every 6 weeks or so in Exeter or East Devon.
Systemic priciples and those of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy are also major influences on my practice. I have now completed Level 3 IFS training.
I receive full supervision for my work and I have experience of working in a range of settings.