Phillippa Chapman, HCPC registered, Full member of BADth
In these unprecedented times I can offer secure on line sessions through Zoom (like Skype but more secure and easy to set up) or over the telephone. Over the past ten years I have worked mainly with issues around anxiety, attachment and trauma, although can offer therapy for a range of concerns. As a Dramatherapist I often use story and metaphor in my work, but I am client-centred and will work with your own needs and preferences for how best to explore what is important to you.
To begin with we would have an initial telephone conversation so that you can get a feel for if Dramatherapy is for you and I can answer any questions you might have about how I work. It is also an opportunity for me to find out what you would like to get out of coming for therapy. If you decide to continue then we will arrange our first session for a later date. I would typically use our first full session to get to know you better, to understand how life is for you and how you would like to work. Regular sessions then would continue every week or so, each session usually being an hour long. We would regularly review how things are going and negotiate an ending to the sessions when you feel it is the right time.
There is no defined pathway in Dramatherapy, I work very much spontaneously with what you bring to the session. Some clients prefer to simply talk and that's all they need to do. Some prefer to create images, text, movement and sound - what matters to me is that you get what you need from the session. This is more important than what we actually do. However, to give an example, if working creatively is what you are looking for, sometimes clients have retold their stories in metaphor, sometimes clients explore their 'theatre of self' and the different roles they play, some clients use images to explore innermost feelings, sometimes clients have used movement and sound to reconnect body and mind. Dramatherapy is not prescriptive and we will only ever use a creative method if it fits and feels right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Dramatherapy (distiction)
10 years working as therapist with children, teenagers and adults. Generally I have worked with children and teenagers with attachment issues, developmental trauma and dissociation, having trained extensively in this area. However, I have also worked with young people with a wide range of mental health issues. I have worked with adults with psychosis and who hear voices but also have worked with adults who are stressed, anxious, who have PTSD or who have family/relationship difficulties.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone consultation to discuss needs and so you can decide if Dramatherapy is for you.
£35 for on line or telephone therapy
£45 face to face therapy