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: Kostas Theodossiou
I trained as a teacher of Drama and Movement, but decided to pursue a professional career in mime, dance and theatre. Apart from my performing career, I have experienced diverse ways of employment including milkman, graphic designer, warehouseman, drayman, restaurant manager, painter and decorator, office worker, and teacher. During training for my Masters in Dramatherapy, I gained experience of working with blind and partially sighted young adults, people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, offenders, primary school children, the elderly, and students from The Royal School for the Deaf. For my final dissertation, I specialized in working with recent first-time fathers to help them realize their new role.
Since graduating, I have facilitated an eight week course of sessions at Honiton Community College, working with a group of 11 - 13 year old children with a wide range of emotional issues, co-facilitated some taster sessions at Exeter College and Truro College, worked with elders at a residential home, co-facilitated a placement at a care home in Exeter working with elders suffering from varying degrees of dementia, ran workshops for South West Practitioners and spent two years as treasurer for Dramatherapy SouthWest.
Since January 2012, I have been working with disadvantaged children at at Riverside Community Primary School in Plymouth.