Laura Hurkett - Bristol Dramatherapy
I’m Laura, a Drama and Movement Therapist registered with both the Health and Care Professions Council and The British Association of Dramatherapists.
I facilitate both individual and group Drama and Movement Therapy sessions in my private therapy space, located in the beautiful and creative City of Bristol, while also setting up and running sessions for organisations within their own premises.
I also offer Drama and Movement Therapy Training, and am an associate lecturer in my field. I also utilise and draw upon my skills and training to deliver Mental Health Mentoring and workshops focusing on mental health and wellbeing, including workshops focused on Writing as Therapy.
If you, your organisation or someone you care about is interested in finding out more about the healing aspects of drama and creativity, please feel free to get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Alongside my many years of experience working both clinically and therapeutically to help people in different settings, such as NHS hospitals, schools, care centres and charitable organisations, I hold a Master’s degree in Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London). I also hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Drama, and undergo regular training and research to further inform my knowledge and practise.
Throughout my career as a Drama and Movement Therapist I have been privileged to work with a wide range of children, adolescents, adults and older people, all with very different needs. My main area of expertise involves with working with children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.
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
Individual Drama and Movement Therapy Session (50 mins-1 hour) - £40 per session
Group Drama and Movement Therapy Session (1 hour - 90 minutes) - Between £30-£35 per person, per session depending on group size.
For further information on my fees please feel free to visit my website or get in touch.
My practise is based on ‘humanistic’ psychotherapy models, which involve experiencing each client as a unique individual, working with the whole person in mind and tailoring the therapy to fit their needs in the present moment, rather than expecting the individual to fit the therapy. It is my belief that great therapeutic value can be acheived by promoting a safe, supportive space to explore more difficult feelings, by facilitating and creating a trusting therapeutic relationship.
I work extensively with how an individual perceives themselves, and find importance in understanding their experiences from their point of view. This ‘person-centred’ approach aids people in feeling accepted, and helps them better understand their own feelings.
By integrating these models with the focus and nurturing of healthy aspects, and the exploration that Drama and Movement Therapy provides, the ultimate aim is to help the client reconnect with their own inner resources through creative mediums. By developing and utilising the client’s inner values, resources and self-worth, this enables the client to trust that they will find the most effective ways for them to grow as a person and move forward in their lives, that works best for them as an individual.