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: Chris Hill
I have 30 years of experience of working with groups and individuals in many different settings including mental wellbeing, learning difficulties and older people. I have special interests in story telling and shadow theatre enhanced through my MA studies in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter from where I graduated in 2000. I also have some experience in making films as a way of capturing 'performance'. I retired from the Devon Partnership (NHS) Trust in April 2012 where I worked as a Senior Dramatherapist. I also worked as a Clinical Supervisor for students attending the Exeter MA course in Dramatherapy until the course closed. Currently I have a private practice and can offer supervision to dramatherapists and others. I am also currently involved in making a film with actors who have learning difficulties in collaboration with the Otterhayes Trust."I work in a creative way and my aims are to encourage that same creativity in others, facilitating those I work with in the processes of change"