Hi, I'm Dan
I’m a registered Creative Psychotherapist who works extensively with talking therapy. I have 20 years experience working with individuals, groups and young people. I offer my therapy service online and face to face at my practice in London Bridge, as well as walk & talk therapy in Greenwich Park and Southwark Park.
A warm welcome to Creative Psychotherapy - Wellness Support,
How I work:
Creative Arts Psychotherapy has its roots in Jungian psychology which starts by recognising the potential in each individual and working toward allowing the person to develop themselves fully. Jungian therapy frequently involves looking at the way that past experiences have affected the individual and the way they continue to prevent us from living fulfilled lives; in other words, Jungian therapy is about ‘removing obstacles’.
Difficulties such as depression or anxiety may result partly from a lack of development of other elements of the personality, such as assertiveness or the willingness to take risks and engage with life; this will, in turn, usually be related to the person’s life experience and family history. Sometimes the issues relate to past or recent trauma or loss, such as sexual or emotional abuse, bereavement, torture, forced emigration or accident, as well as issues related to retirement, divorce, ageing and redundancy.
Alternatively the issues may be about becoming able to ‘be oneself’, where the person can begin to take risks being themselves in a safe environment – issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, shame and social phobia come in here. Issues with relationships, or the difficulty forming relationships, are also particularly issues I address.. As Jung said, every individual is unique and each therapy will be unique to that individual and that therapist.
Exploring your issues can take time and you won’t cover it all in a single session. In accordance with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), brief therapy or short-term therapy can be a maximum of six to 12 sessions for example, so I recommend that clients book four sessions with me to start with, and we then jointly review the sessions and your progress after each four sessions.
I offer online therapy as well as walk and talk and face to face therapy at my venue in London Bridge.
First brave steps in therapy:
Attending therapy for the first time may be a difficult step for you because of possible feelings of stigma around mental health, being seen as weak or unable to cope, feelings that there is something wrong with you or just not knowing what to expect; I am here to dispel these worries. I believe attending therapy is all about your well-being, self exploration and self development as well as learning new strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with difficult and complex events in your life.
I believe that no techniques or approaches will ever work without a strong client-therapist connection. I see each person as a unique being and I work in a holistic way - I work with people rather than with problems and I am passionate about facilitating clients to work through issues and improve their lives. Dan
Training, qualifications & experience
- I graduated as a Dramatherapist from the Sesame Dramatherapy course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000 and have over 18 years extensive experience working with children, young people and adults in various settings. I am employed by the London Borough of Sutton as a Dramatherapist for the Sutton Clinical Health Team for People with Learning Disabilities and have worked there 10 years. Here, as the placement manager, I also supervise Dramatherapy Roehampton University students ongoing.
- I am a registered Clinical Supervisor and offer supervision to all professionals who work in the health and caring professions which could be counsellors, therapists, nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers or care workers.
- I teach Introduction to Dramatherapy at the established City Literary Institute in Covent Garden throughout the year. I previously worked at ‘Studio Upstairs’ - the arts community with a therapeutic concern for 8 years, where I facilitated the Psycho-therapeutic Performance Group in a mental health setting, as well as also supervising students and volunteers.
- I worked extensively with women and men who experience domestic abuse, in the London Borough of Greenwich for ‘Tryangle Project 2011’, where Augusto Boal’s Psych-Educational Forum Theatre (Theatre of the Opressed) is at the heart of the work.
- I regularly facilitate and make use of Forum Theatre, Playback Theatre and Gabriel Roth‘s Five Rhythms, as a part of my Dramatherapy practice; as well as the more traditional ways of working in Dramatherapy, offering our clients talking therapy as well as the option to get out of their chair, in order to in a 3D manner, explore relevant issues through the art form of role-play, drama, movement, voice, story-telling, story-enactment, improvisation, puppetry, drumming, the playing of instruments, drawing and making music - all in relation to what the client is comfortable with.
Over the years I have very much enjoyed worked closely with Music Therapists, Art Therapists and Dance/Movement Psychotherapists – where I have felt that sharing ways of working with other disciplines, yet related disciplines, and being inspired by them, is not only useful but an essential way of developing one’s own clinical practice.
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
- Sexual and identity issues
FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION ONLINE
- SPECIAL OFFER: 50 minute individual online sessions are in August available online at £40.
- ONLINE: 50 minute individual sessions £50
- FACE TO FACE: London Bridge or Wapping (East of Tower Bridge) (50 min) £50/£60
- WALK AND TALK: 50 minute individual session in Greenwich Park £50
- Group sessions are £30.00 per person. Initial half hour meeting (assessment) is priced at £20.00
- Couple Therapy/mentoring £70-90 per hour.
- Clinical Supervision for professionals is equally priced at £50.00-60.00 per 50 minute session with 40.00 concession price for students.
- Group supervision offered and is priced at £30.00 per person.
My very best wishes during this difficult time. Safety comes first. I offer online therapy in August at the reduced fee of 50.00 online or Walk & Talk Therapy.
I have extensive experience in:
- Anxiety management
- Stress coping skills
- Anger issues
- Identity issues
- Family problems
- Sexual issues
- Associated unconscious work.
Please see the website for a further explanation of dramatherapy and Creative Arts Psychotherapies: www.creative-arts-psychotherapy.com