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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 8th Annual DSW Conference

It will be held in Bristol on 15th November 2014

Please see

for conference programme and booking details.


Featured Dramatherapist: Mary Booker

Are you facing changes in your life?  Do you have difficulty moving beyond past feelings or situations?  Would you like to take a fresh look at yourself and your life?  I offer gentle, creative and effective therapy for individual women clients which respects women's natural rhythms and processes.  I have been a practising dramatherapist since 1988 and am a lecturer on the Southwest School of Dramatherapy's MA in Dramatherapy (University of Worcester) based in Exeter.  I also offer process supervision for arts and play therapists.  Creative workshops and training workshops can be available on request. Currently, I am doing research into working creatively with fear. I have also worked in special education with people who have severe or profound complex needs.  You can read about this work in my book, Developmental Drama, infomation about which can be found in my Resources below.  I am happy to answer questions from other practitioners about this work.

News and Events

 Dramatherapy SouthWest November 2014 Conference Event 
Date: Saturday 15 November 2014
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: Southville Centre, BRISTOL

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