Samantha Bosworth/Creative Pathways - Dramatherapist
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I work with adults, children and families with attachment and trauma. I also specialise in working with LAC and adoption. Our work together may be as a private client or through the not-for-profit therapy service Creative Pathways.
COVID-19 update: Some sessions have returned to the therapy space in Burton , while others remain online via video call or telephone. If you have any questions regarding this please just ask. (Therapy Space is 20 minutes from Derby easily accessed by bus and train).
- DDP (dyadic developmental psychotherapy).
- Therapeutic Supervision.
- Therapeutic Parenting.
- Consultation (e.g. social care, schools, residential homes).
- Training and Workshops.
Attachment and Trauma:
Underpinning my practice is attachment and trauma. The therapeutic services I provide aim to repair attachments often halted by abuse or neglect and support clients to process, heal and make sense of the trauma they have experienced; learning to trust.
I work a lot with pre-verbal trauma and how trauma is held in the body (and brain) for example as implicit memories (without words) and dissociation. An integrated approach allows clients to process what may otherwise be to painful or difficult to explore by talking therapies. Of course our work involves talking too.
Dramatherapy is not about acting or becoming a play write. As Humans we learn through play and dramatherapy can help to return to gaps in our natural development. Creative approaches such as story making, using objects, and metaphor can be a helpful way to work with what is challenging for you in the here and now and access the unconscious things we may be finding hard.
For both adults, children and families dramatherapy provides a safe container for big emotions and feelings that may feel overwhelming.
Therapy is at the client's pace and working creatively is always an invitation you can say no to.
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Parenting and Psychotherapy.
DDP is used to support the attachment to carers and parents so that there is a secure base for children and young people to process their experiences. This may be done in therapy with the parent and the child. Other essential parts of the DDP work may include parent work. This can be with parents, carers or staff (anyone working with the child), where we may look at our own attachments and what is challenging about parenting.
Part of this work may be therapeutic parenting, using Dan Huges' PACE model, Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy. PACE acts as a social buffer to keep the child's big brain (and the adults) engaged (keeping them regulated). Through the PACEful relationship with me as the therapist parents/carers/staff can be supported to support the child.
Consultation and collaboration is useful to bring together those working and/or caring for a child/family. It allows space to think therapeutically and be curious about what has happened and what is happening; connecting the past to the present. Importantly it supports the network to think systemically, and be collaborative and consistent in their approach. Healing through relationships.
For those working with looked after and adopted children, or with children who have experienced trauma, therapeutic supervision can be helpful to reduce burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. It is not personal therapy or training but a space that allows you to slow down and be curious about the child and your work together within a therapeutic container.
Training, qualifications & experience
HCPC registered Dramatherapist
MA in Dramatherapy
Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting (DDP) Level 1
Since qualifying in 2016 I have dedicated my practice to looked after and adopted children and children who have experienced trauma. As well as my private practice I am a company Director for a specialist attachment and trauma service; providing a systemic and integrated approach to my work. Clients that I have been privileged enough to work with are survivors of neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, death, loss and exploitation, which has continued to have a profound impact on their lives. It is beautiful seeing the lasting therapeutic change (no matter how small).
I have also worked as therapeutic lead for residential childrens' homes, and as a therapist in the voluntary sector working with sexual abuse and exploitation. Along with other public sector roles and community projects I have been part of.
I am dedicated to my CPD and pride myself on reflective practice. Some of my recent CPD includes:
- 'Back to the toys' - Attachment Based Play
- Dramatherapy and Neuroscience
- Transactional Analysis (TA 101)
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Children and Domestic Abuse
- Safeguarding Children
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
Adoption (including Adoption Support Fund)
Looked After Children (LAC)
Fees can vary depending on the service needed. All work starts with an assessment, which will guide us in what work would be most helpful and how you want to work together. I offer all clients/referrers a free telephone call to discuss what you are looking for.
Please contact me to discuss a referral: