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Welcome to Dramatherapy Southwest

Sepping SonesDramatherapy Southwest (DSW) 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"


We are pleased to announce our 7th Annual Conference

It will be held in Exeter on 14th June 2014

Please see HERE for full programme and booking information


Featured Dramatherapist: Martin Redfern

I am an HCPC registerd dramatherapist. I currently work four days a weeks as a therapist with a foster care agency. I also have considerable experience working in various educational settings, initially as a teacher in mainstream secondary schools but more recently in a therapeutic role with children and young people who were out of school. As well as an MA in Dramatherapy I have an MEd in Psychology of Education. I am particularly interested in work with those who are effected by experiences of trauma and neglect. My prefered approach to dramatherapy uses Developmental Transformations (DvT) as developed by David Read Johnson and colleagues. In March 2014 I graduated from the Institute of Developmenta Transformations and, with Tracey Wills, I run the DvT Southwest practice and training days. I receive full supervision for my dramatherapy practice and have experience of working in a range of settings.

I am also the co-director of Release Southwest Community Interest Company which has therapy spaces at 80 Merrivale Road, Exeter EX4 1PT.

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