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"
OUR NEXT EVENT:
DSW CONFERENCE 2016
Saturday 2nd July - Bristol
Open to members and non-members
For practising, non-practising and student Creative Arts Therapists
More details in events pages below...
Featured Dramatherapist: Martin Redfern
HCPC registered dramatherapist and DfE registered teacher. I have worked for over ten years with children and young people with histories of trauma and/or neglect. This has been in the education with children who were out of school, with their families and the services that are there to support them and as a therapist for a foster care agency. I am currently employed fours days a week by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Mental Health Practitioner.
In 2001 I gained an MEd in Psychology of Education, and in 2011 an MA in Dramatherapy. My preferred approach to therapy is to use the practice of developmental transformations (DvT) as developed by David Read Johnson and colleagues. This approach evolved as a form of dramatherapy mainly from work with Vietnam Veterans and is being continually refined to increase its effectiveness with those affected by trauma and other life-restricting conditions.
In March 2014 I graduated from the Institute of Developmental Transformations and, with Tracey Wills, I have been running the DvT practice and training days in Exeter.
The principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy are another major influence on my practice. I have completed Level 1 of the IFS training.
I receive full supervision for my work and I have experience of working in a range of settings.