Training & Workshops

For education, charity, business and corporate clients.

Dramatherapy services

How will individual or group dramatherapy work in your service/business?

I will work alongside you to provide a bespoke service that best fits your needs. A nominated point of contact will need to be assigned by you, so that I can liaise directly with them.

Sessions will be confidential and non-judgemental. I will not disclose specific session content to staff and families. However, clients can share as much or as little as they wish from the session. General developments may be shared with team leaders in consultation with clients. Child protection will always have priority, and I will conform to all laws and regulations and adhere to GIRFEC principles. The specific safeguarding policies and procedures of the provider will be followed by myself to keep clients safe.

I will use measurement tools to be able to review the reach and impact that dramatherapy has had. These tools will be carefully selected to best fit the criteria of your client/service.

Dramatherapy services pricing

Creative toolkit to support creative interventions

In this workshop, I will share a creative toolkit to support organisations of different sizes and at different stages of their therapeutic journey. High quality resources will be introduced to foster healing and growth through this creative process. 
 
The toolkit is intended for people in the field of mental health. This may include teachers, social workers, mental health practitioners, psychotherapists or counsellors. 
 
Activities can be done individually or in groups. The activities make use of creative resources that are trauma informed. This toolkit can be used for self-care or in the provider’s work with individuals or groups. 
 
An initial meeting will take place to make a bespoke package that best fits your organisation. 

Radical self-care for teams and groups

Radical Self-care is the assertion that you have the responsibility to take care of yourself first before attempting to take care of others. It’s necessary to fill your cup first, then to give to others from the overflow. This is what gives you the capacity to heal and to move forward into your next chapter of life.

Humanising the workplace is a powerful antidote to stress and alienation—especially in the age of hybridisation. Creativity can flourish when we prioritise our mental well-being and choose to be vulnerable about our struggles—and it starts with industry leaders.

I work with individuals and groups to support self-care. Practicing radical self-care may require executives to reimagine their leadership style from taking charge in the trenches to nurturing people’s well-being, including their own.

It’s essential to normalise this at the organisational level. The message that radical self-care is anything but selfish will filter down throughout a company if we set a positive example.

Prioritising mental health also creates an open space where creativity can flourish. In a creative organisation, we will build a happier, more productive, and more empathetic workforce if we can treat curiosity and playfulness as part of the business.

Dramatherapy response to COVID-19

Dramatherapy can be of significant support in helping people navigate the emotional impact of Covid 19. The isolation for some has been especially impactful for those suffering with underlying mental health illnesses. When people are stuck in the cycle of stress and anxiety this has the potential to lead to psychological trauma. 

Dramatherapy is well placed to support people who have been affected by Covid 19. This workshop will be tailored to the specific needs of the group. For example, with children and young people sensory work can be done to help them connect with their bodies and make sense of their feelings and thoughts. 

Before a workshop is booked, I would have a meeting with your business/organisation to determine what themes and issues participants would find helpful to work with. This may be anxiety around contracting Covid-19, loss of a co-worker or the change in work routines.

Reflective practice in education for professionals – a therapeutic approach

Reflective Practice meetings will provide a designated safe and calm place that gives you the head space to problem solve. It’s an opportunity for reflection which allows an individual to continually improve the quality of care they provide. It offers multi-disciplinary teams the opportunity to reflect and discuss openly and honestly. 

The meetings will be tailored to the needs of your workplace. You may want to create a forum where staff come together to discuss the emotional aspects of working and normalise their emotions. You may want support to look at a case through a therapeutic lens and have a qualified psychotherapist offer insight into how to best support a pupil. 

Staff who have regularly attended meetings have shared that they feel less stressed and isolated at work. This in turn, has helped to improve communication between colleagues. 

Therapy observation within a classroom setting

As a therapist and qualified teacher with twenty five years of experience, I can make recommendations and modifications specific to a child in his or her classroom environment. Important environmental factors may include classroom set-up, structure, size and possible distractions (such as noise or visual distractions). 

I will be able to provide realistic and practical recommendations and update and create treatment plans and goals for therapy and optimize the child’s success in the classroom.

Collaboration between therapist and teacher is a very important part of the therapeutic process. A relationship and “team” is formed with the shared interest of helping your child succeed.

Following a school visit, I will provide the parent and school with feedback, including observations of their child’s functioning in the classroom and a list of recommendations.

Assessment models to measure the reach and impact of therapeutic interventions

I use a combination of assessment methods that will best serve the needs of the individual and organisation. For example, I make use of King’s College London Psychlops. This is a user- generated, psychometric tool where individuals are given a series of questions and asked to score them based on what they feel is important to them. 
 
Another assessment model used is Mooli Lahad (1992) Six Part Story Making. This model was initially conceived as a means to assess the way in which people cope with stress. However, it is applicable to any therapeutic situation. 
 
The method of assessment is often dictated by the particular individual’s inclinations of the person I work with or the therapeutic phase we are engaged in. 
 
All models will provide data in which we can measure the reach and impact of the therapeutic intervention. 

Dramatherapy and bereavement

When it comes to helping people who are bereaved, or experiencing grief and loss, dramatherapy can offer several benefits:

Individual and group therapy sessions are available to help people who are bereaved, or experiencing grief and loss.

Supporting venues with memorials and goodbye rituals

Dramatherapy can play a significant role in supporting venues with memorials and goodbye rituals by providing a creative and therapeutic framework for designing and facilitating meaningful and healing experiences. Here’s how dramatherapy can be utilised to support such venues:

Book online

Please do get in touch. Once you have set up an appointment, I will send you an email confirming the details of the initial session along with directions.

Visit me

Sessions can be booked in the areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and throughout Northeast Scotland.

Alternatively, online appointments can be booked.