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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"


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Dramatherapy Southwest's 9th Conference

11th & 12th July 2015

Exeter, Devon, UK

See below for more details and find the submissions form HERE

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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

 Spring into Summer Social 2015 Event 
Date: Thursday 28 May 2015
Time: 18:00 - 23:00
Venue: The Bike Shed Theatre & Bar, Exeter

We are pleased to invite you to a much needed and long overdue get together. This is the first of our new DTSW Seasonal Socials.
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If you canít make it this time, keep your ear out for the 'HARVEST & HANG-OUT' in late August.
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 Dramatherapy SouthWest Summer Conference 2015 Event 
Date: Saturday 11 July 2015 - Sunday 12 July 2015

We are pleased to announce that we are holding a multifaceted Dramatherapy Southwest conference on the weekend of July 11/12 this year. This event will be held in Exeter. We are planning for it to include workshops, performance, a late afternoon/evening social event, as well as opportunities based on the Open Space format. Please make a note of the dates in your calendar. More details...

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 2015 Annual Conference and AGM of The British Association of Dramatherapists Event 
Date: Saturday 05 September 2015 - Monday 07 September 2015
Venue: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire

CULTIVATING THE FIELD - Innovation, Performance & Risk in Dramatherapy

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 ECArTE - 13th European Arts Therapies Conference Event 
Date: Wednesday 16 September 2015 - Saturday 19 September 2015

CULTURAL LANDSCAPES in ARTS THERAPIES - participation, diversity and dialogue

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