What is a Drama Therapist?
I was trained as a psychotherapist to work with mental and emotional health and well -being, growth and change.
As a Drama Psychotherapist, I will help you to explore the particular drama of your life, the roles that you choose to play in life or that are placed upon you and how this affects your sense of self and your communication and interactions with others.
In session I seek to enable us to build a relationship of trust together. Based on this foundation we can begin explore the issues you bring. As well as talking we may use creative tools in our work together, if you choose. These may include art/craft work, creative writing, story work, sand tray.
Who I work with
I also offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and trainees, as well as to professionals from other disciplines, such as nurses, teachers, teaching assistants and carers. I am able to offer Creative Supervision and Group Supervision sessions.
What issues do I specialise in working with?
My clinical areas of speciality and experience are broadly as follows:
- Self Esteem
- Relationship Issues
- Panic Attacks
- Chronic Fatigue
Working with death, dying and bereavement is a fulfilling part of my work. I trained at the Martlets hospice in grief counselling, where I also formerly worked as a nurse with caring for those nearing end of life and their families. I believe that grief counselling can provide stability and continuity at a time of upheaval and deep loss.
How I work
In Drama Therapy, the creative work becomes a metaphor, in place of a direct re- telling of an event or issue. This can be useful if you aren’t ready or don’t want to talk directly about an issue, or are finding it difficult to access your thoughts feelings and needs. It is particularly indicated where there has been abuse or trauma because it avoids potential re-traumatisation which can occur when we re-live an event. In this way I aim to help you to feel safer and develop that essential trust between us.
So, for example in family work where there is conflict and when words fall short of describing feelings and experience. Or when there are so many words spoken and there is a need to untangle the chaos and disagreement.
I am experienced in working with a range of issues covering emotional/behavioural, mental illness and special needs with young people. I have worked in social services, schools and with YMCA and also have wide experience of working with looked after children and foster carers. I am an accredited facilitator for parenting training groups.
In both family and couples work I aim to be witness and also mediator for the client. I create a mutually respectful space to enable common welfare, where every voice can be heard. I acknowledge the inherent wisdom of the family to be capable of finding their own solutions when offered appropriate support.
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Contact Magdalena directly
Magdalena works from the Hove Practice on Tuesday and Wednesday day times and Thursday afternoons.
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