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
"Dramatherapy is the application of this art form to psychotherapy"
Featured Dramatherapist: Linda Winn
Linda has over 40 years experience in mental health. Her PhD research was with combat veterans: 'The Theatre of War, the Drama of Life.' Her M.Phil is in Dramatherapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is the author of Dramatherapy and PTSD (Jessica Kingsley). In addition to being a Dramatherapist, she is a Registered Nurse, a fully qualified EMDR Practitioner and Registered Psychotherapy Superviser. She is also experienced in safeguarding matters and was a Chair for Serious Case Reviews. She is a Specialist Clinical Adviser for the Care Quality Commission and a trauma therapist for the Police Fire Arms Officer Association.
Her areas of speciality are trauma, combat veterans' psychological health, Eating Disorders, childhood trauma and Employee Assistance Programmes.
She offers training, therapy, PhD mentoring and supervision.