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
Featured Dramatherapist: Eleanor Scott Wilson
I work for Devon Integrated Children's Services (CAMHS). I come from an arts background with over 25 years' professional experience as an actress, producer and director in theatre, TV and film. I have a BA (Hons, First Class) in Theatre and Performance, specialising in Physical Theatre techniques; and an MA (Distinction) in Dramatherapy. I take an holistic, client-centered approach so that the pace and content of sessions are directed by your wishes and needs. I offer a variety of playful and creative ways with which to explore personal issues... stories, myths and fairytales, movement, role-play, improvisation, ritual, maskwork, puppetry, art-making, singing, guided imagery, dreamwork, and relaxation techniques. You don't need any previous art, music or drama experience to work in this way, just a desire and willingness to explore through creative means. As well as Arts Therapies techniques, I am informed by Jungian, Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural approaches to personal healing and growth. I currently work as a Community Mental Health Practitioner and Dramatherapist with Devon ICS CAMHS supporting young people and their parents/carers. I also offer individual therapy sessions and groupwork for: Elders in residential and day care; Pregnant women and their families; Women experiencing menopause; People with learning disabilities; People with eating disorders, Acute and recovering mental health in-patients and patients detoxing from substance mis-use in NHS secure units; Carers; Staff in business, health, and education settings (therapy and training programmes); People experiencing life changes and difficulties including grief and loss, fear, depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem; and People of all ages who wish to explore life changes and transitions in creative ways.