Hello and welcome. My name is Alyssa (she/her) and I am an HCPC registered Dramatherapist based in central Cambridge. I have nearly 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of health and educational settings. I offer help to young people and adults facing a variety of challenges and difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, family or relationship issues, life transitions, and bereavement. I am passionate about supporting people on their journey to find their own story.
My approach to therapy places the relationship between client and therapist at the centre. You can expect a confidential and non-judgemental space to explore what has brought you to therapy. This dialogue may be verbal, or may also include exploration through creative media.
Dramatherapy is a unique approach to psychotherapy that offers active, creative, and playful methods to facilitate exploration, insight, growth and healing. It requires no artistic or acting ability. There is no expectation to ‘perform’ or be put on the spot. Feelings that arise during therapy can be daunting, and dramatherapy offers alternative modes of expression when it is difficult to express feelings or experiences with words. The aim is to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace and with your own potential. Using drama or art is not essential, though it can aid the therapeutic process and make the most of the experience of psychotherapy.
I am also an advocate for trauma-informed practice. Every person is unique and brings with them a complex set of life experiences which has shaped them; it is my role to support you as a whole individual rather than a collection of problems or pathologies. My aim is to create a safe and collaborative space in which to work toward your goals and realise your potential.
If you think dramatherapy could be a good fit for you, please get in touch for a no-obligation consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- MA Dramatherapy (HCPC Registered, Full Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists)
- MA Intercultural Communication
- BA History and Theatre
Training courses and CPD workshops I have undertaken include:
- Working with Suicide and Self-Harm
- Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Intergenerational Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Safe Trauma Therapy
- Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Responding to Students in Mental Distress
- Strategies for Supporting Autistic Students
- Storymaking for Assessment
- Neuro-Dramatic Play
I also carry insurance and hold an up-to-date Enhanced DBS check.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Migration and cultural issues
- Therapy for therapists (trainee and qualified)
- Chronic illness
- Personal development
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- Initial 20 minute consultation: Free
- Individual 50 minute session: £60
- Reduced rates available for student therapists (subject to availability)
Currently accepting new client enquiries
I am offering online and phone sessions and will continue to see clients remotely throughout the COVID-19 situation. New clients welcome.