Improve your mental health through Dramatherapy and EMDR

Whether you’re seeking support for mental health concerns, personal development, or simply looking to enhance your well-being, I offer a range of tailored therapy services to meet your unique needs.

I believe in the transformative power of dramatherapy to help you navigate life’s challenges, express your emotions, and discover your inner strength. You’ll find a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Join me as we embark on a path of self-discovery, empowerment, and healing.

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An introduction in to what we do

Find out more about the services I offer, and how I can help.

Dramatherapy

I specialise in in Dramatherapy for people of all ages from children and adolescents through to older adults.

Individual & Group Therapy

To support your mental health and wellbeing, I will work alongside you to provide a bespoke service that best fits your needs. Sessions will be confidential and non-judgemental.

Training & Workshops

Bespoke Training & Workshops for education, charity, business and corporate clients.

About me

I have worked with children, adolescents and their families for over 25 years, supporting their mental health and well-being, in education and other charitable organisations. My training in both the creative arts and in therapy has enabled me to provide a bespoke therapeutic service that is confidential, respectful, collaborative and non-judgemental.

Susan McQuaker

Director at McQuaker Dramatherapy

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I am fully registered

I am registered with Healthcare Professional Council (HCPC). I am also a full member of BADth, and hold PGCE registration secondary.

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What clients are saying

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Frequently asked questions

Take a look at the most commonly asked questions from my clients. If you have your own question, you can contact me or call me on 07712 519975

Clients do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama. Dramatherapists are trained to enable clients to find the most suitable medium for them to engage in group or individual therapy to address and resolve, or make troubling issues more bearable.

No, the process and content of the therapy will be based on the needs of the client and negotiated with the client both at the start of therapy and during therapy. However, many interventions will be illuminated within a creative framework.

The Dramatherapist can be seen as an empathic director who encourages clients to experience their physicality, to develop an ability to express the whole range of their emotions and to increase their insight and knowledge of themselves and others.

The Dramatherapy session occurs in what the director, Peter Brook, calls the 'Empty Space'. In the internal life of the client there are memories and dreams, fears from the past and apprehensions about the future and these can be embodied and realised in this 'Empty Space'.

Dramatherapists enable clients to release their own 'inspirational creativity' into roles they play, thus, both clients and Dramatherapist become what Augusto Boal calls 'spect-actors' - both actors and spectators.

The Dramatherapist as empathic director helps the client or group member take responsibility for his/her own life through the use of aesthetic distance and theatrical metaphors.

Some useful explanations can be found at www.londoncentreforpsychodrama.org or www.creativepsychotherapy.info.
The Website for the British Psychodrama Association is www.psychodrama.org.uk.

This is not usually possible due to the confidential nature of therapy unless you are a student on a HCPC registered Dramatherapy training course. Other HCPC professionals might be able to join a session if it was deemed appropriate within a professional capacity - such as working within the NHS. 

Many writers have studied play and, in the main, they all acknowledge its dramatic or representational nature. Freud thought that the play of the child represents the 'first traces of imaginative activity', allowing the child to move between levels of fantasy and reality. Melanie Klein, the noted child psychoanalyst, highlights the 'as if' thinking necessary for spontaneous make-believe playing. Peter Slade, who worked with Drama in Education, considered that play marks the beginning of all dramatic activity, for the child distinguishes between 'personal play' (e.g. movement and role playing) and 'projected play' (which is more internally focused).
D.W. Winnicott's work on transitional objects is particularly important for Dramatherapists as they are interested primarily in dramatic or creative play and in understanding the significance of creativity to healthy development.

Anthropological awareness helps us understand rituals of healing that are culturally determined in form and content. Cultures which have retained more of their traditional forms of communal self-expression provide models for self-discovery by means of group experience. The discoveries that can be made through metaphor are explored, and personal insight can find expression through corporate awareness. 

Our latest articles

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Blog

North East Arts Touring – A Unique Collaboration

North East Arts Touring (NEAT) is a Rural Touring Scheme that promotes professional theatre, dance and film screenings in rural venues across the North East of Scotland. It also offers well-being support for vulnerable people. 

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Developmental Trauma Training for teachers

This year, I embarked on an online professional development programme from Beacon House. Inspired by the findings and clinical knowledge from this cutting edge research, I learned new skills in re-framing the behaviour of troubled children.

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News & Events

Allied Health Professionals' (AHP) Gathering in Scottish Parliament

It was such a privilege to attend the AHP’s Gathering in the Scottish Parliament recently. Art, music and dramatherapists gathered in parliament from across Scotland to represent our work. I’m looking forward to attending the Members’ Business debate next time. Thank you to Genevieve Smyth (Policy Officer) for the invitation.

Beacon House

I have recently completed additional training with Beacon House to support my skills in working with people who have experienced trauma.