Lauraine Leigh Klugman Arts Psychotherapist Dramatherapist MA Psychoan.St.

Lauraine Leigh Klugman Arts Psychotherapist Dramatherapist MA Psychoan.St.

Ashmore Green

01635292434 / 07710 262 743

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Ashmore Green

01635292434 / 07710 262 743

About me

I offer help for individuals and families, on attachment difficulties, consistently failing relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma. 20 years experience with mental health, wellbeing and learning difficulties and disabilities. NICE guidelines recommend the Arts therapies for schizophrenia. Dramatherapy offers access to your creativity, non-verbally as well as verbally. When words are not enough or are too highly charged or impossible to find, dramatherapy is particularly useful. 

A psychoanalytical and developmental ethos offers you the opportunity to work with and through your difficulties and fears; helps child development, attachment and improving your relationships; OCD and being OK with ‘good enough’; enhancing your child’s development; thinking together about thinking; and increasing your resilience.

Using aspects of drama, story and metaphor, and most importantly safe, agreed boundaries is immensely helpful. Over 40 families have positively evaluated this work. In cases of long term conflict - as can be the case for many children and adolescents where parents are divorced - there is the chance to be together and say very difficult things in a safe, therapeutic space. This helps children and adolescents.

Extensive work in schools provided my broad baseline, prompting collaboration with leading mental health professionals:

Positive evaluations include: parent "It's been life changing"; young person who had self harmed: "it's been very helpful", 11 year old child with autism: "I liked being listened to"; young person: "I've never been able to talk about myself like this to anyone before".

People's needs include trauma, hearing voices, conflict, eating difficulties and diagnoses, anxiety, attachment difficulties after adoption, depression, phobias.

Sessions are weekly/twice-weekly, the average length of treatment is 12 - 20 weeks, focussing on your hopes as an individual and/or within a family. Whether your family comes or not, we can work together because dramatherapy enables the opportunity to think about how others feel too; strengthens your resilience.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma in Dramatherapy, University of Hertfordshire 1994

Foundation in Psychodrama;

MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, Tavistock / University East London. 2007

Full member The British Association of Dramatherapists

Health and Care Professions Council Registration               HCPC . 

Current Enhanced DBS Sept 2014

20 years' experience Private Practice, NHS hospitals, Private hospital, Schools
East London, NW London, Shiplake Oxon, Newbury Berks.

International Speaker and trainer (Malta Creative Arts Therapies and Ministry of Education 2012); Workshops on Dramatherapy in Schools; School Exclusion; Teachers' INSET Being Together and working with and through conflict; Conference workshops include The Tavistock, SEBDA, BADth, 3rd International CAMHS Conference at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.

PROPOSED FAMILY RECOVERY PROJECT for post natal depression/ppp.
I am observing far more pressure on singles and couples with their infant under 1 year
: Proposed Family Recovery Project in West Berkshire for women recovering from post natal depression / post puerperal psychosis, together with their infant and husband/partner.
Consultants: Drs Gwen Adshead, Rex Haigh; additional information from Drs James Cave and Karen Thomas.  
GP, MBU, and self referrals. 

Leading editor: Dramatherapy with Children, Young People and Schools: enabling creativity, sociability, communication and learning. Eds: Lauraine Leigh,  Irvine Gersch (Director Child and Educational Psychology UEL), Ann Dix, Deborah Haythorne. 
Published Routledge Feb. 2012. (25 chapters from leaders in the fields of Dramatherapy, Educational Psychology, Clinical psychology, psychiatry, psychodrama, academia, teaching, speech therapy, play therapy).
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Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Family problems and dynamics

Family recovery model (planned with leading psychiatrists) for post natal depression and recoverers from post puerperal psychosis.


£50; £30 benefits.

£100 West London (+ expenses)

Maps & Directions

Ashmore Green, RG18

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Early Bird Monday and Tuesday mornings near Newbury. Plus - West London appointments possible. Please enquire.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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