Hi, my name is Maggie and I am a qualified MA Dramatherapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADTH). I offer one-to-one and/or group short and long-term creative art therapy and psychotherapy in Shoreham-By-Sea, Brighton and Hove.
I have worked for many years with adults, young people and children and I also bring to my practice experience from both educational and healthcare sectors. I also have a special interest in working with those suffering from chronic health conditions. I work inclusively with cultural diversity, beliefs and values and I’m experienced working with a broad range of areas including:
- anxiety, generalised anxiety and panic
- family and relationship difficulties
- identity Issues
- loneliness and isolation
- culture and intercultural explorations of identity and belonging
- loss and bereavement
- life transitions
- difficulties with university life
- carers and young carers
- chronic health issues
- women’s health
- disability, long-term health and neurodiversity (autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and other specific learning differences)
How I work
I am a warm, gentle therapist, skilled in working with the whole person including body, mind and spirit. From talking therapy to exploring creative approaches, I work with a holistic, integrative, non-judgmental and person centred perspective. Listening and trust are at the core of my work. In my view these are essential to a good therapeutic relationship and as I learn and understand those I work with and the difficulties they experience as well as their aims.
Sometimes words can feel they simply aren’t enough and it can be difficult to express feelings, thoughts and experiences. At times it can be difficult to say what’s happening inside. Creative methods such as the use of art materials, elements from nature, miniature objects, puppets, images, metaphor and story, movement, creative writing, music, poetry and drama can help self expression. As a therapist and creative arts therapist, I have the training and experience to help you explore both verbally and non verbally.
I offer a combination of verbal and arts therapy techniques to creatively explore issues ranging from anxiety, depression, anger, loss and bereavement, trauma to low self esteem and confidence issues. I may invite those who work with me to explore more creatively when they feel comfortable to do so. There is no pressure to work in this way, nor is there any need for a client to “be good at” or “be experienced” in arts or performing arts. I invite clients to have choice in the way we work together, that feels safe and comfortable for them. Together we can create a way to work that feels right for you.
My sessions offer a compassionate, warm, non judgemental, confidential and safe environment. My role is to support you with the processes of integration of thoughts, experiences, feelings, insights and body experiences. Together we will create a space for you to express, explore and safely make sense of your internal world.
I’m a strong advocate of everyone’s ability to act and the healing potential creative art therapy offers. I believe this can support individuals to understand and reflect on their own experiences in a safe space. Therefore an approach that can help people heal and grow, gaining a better understanding of themselves, their lives and relationships and make positive changes.
My role is to facilitate your inner journey to health, vitality and well being.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Dramatherapy Sep 2008 – June 2011 Iron Mill Institute, University of Worcester
- BA (Hons) Performance and Visual Arts – Theatre Oct 2005 – June 2008 University of Brighton
As a Dramatherapist I abide by the British Association of Dramatherapist’s code of conduct. I also attend regular professional events, ensuring I’m well informed about current subjects surrounding dramatherapy and psychotherapy. I attend regular supervision to ensure good practice and abide by the codes of ethics from the professional regulatory organisations I am registered with.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer group work.
I’m passionate about inclusion, diversity and intercultural work and can offer sessions in English and Portuguese/Brazilian. I can provide Dramatherapy and intensive interaction to clients that have complex learning difficulties. I can also work with Makaton and AAC (Assistive and Augmentative Communication) tools in order to provide a means for communication with non-verbal clients or for those who may experience challenges with communication.
Feel free to contact me to explore what brings you to therapy and ask any questions you may have.
Our first session together is free. In this initial session we explore further what brings you to therapy and see if we can work together. You do not have to decide if you want to work with me with this initial contact.
Regular one to one sessions is £45 for a 50 minute session. I offer some concessions at a reduced fee of £30 based on your financial circumstances and personal circumstances. Please contact me if you need to access this reduced rate to check for availability.
Payment is at the end of each session by cash or cheque. Payment can also be made online in advance - please ask for more details when we meet.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work in spaces that offer accessible rooms and toilet. Street parking is available outside with the use of a paid or blue badge.
Sessions are available in the daytime. Evenings and weekends are also available through arrangement.
Types of client
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