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: Tracey Wills
Are you struggling to cope or to make sense of your life? Do you feel stuck or limited in options for the way forward?
The world, and hence life, is, by nature, challenging - there is constant flux and change, bringing us 'ups and downs' some of which are expected but many are not. And we can struggle.
What can be done?
We cannot change our past or the people around us, but we can alter our own relationship to ourselves and how we view our lives, our relationships and our circumstances. This ultimately releases us from the debilitating grips of low self-esteem, grief, anxity, depression or anger - making us more tolerant of change and able to find increased contentment as we move forward on life's path.
I offer a variety of playful and creative ways with which to explore such personal issues. No previous experience of drama, music or art is necessary - just a willingness and curiosity to explore through creative means. I work in a client-centred way which means the pace and content of the sessions are determined by you, the client.
I am HCPC registered, based in Exeter and Mid Devon, offering individual or group dramatherapy. I have considerable experience of using dramatherapy in residential and day-care settings with older people, people with dementia, and adults/children with learning disabilities. I have also worked dramatherapeutically with looked-after and adopted children.
Besides dramatherapy, I also offer drama facilitation for groups wishing to explore and develop drama and theatre skills; and I offer training or team-building workshops for organisations interested in a playful, drama based approach.