I am a Creative Arts Therapist and Ecotherapist and have been working with individuals, groups and families for the last seven years.
I work with Drama and Movement therapy and creative arts and play therapy techniques to explore difficult feelings and life experiences with children and adults.
I also work with Ecotherapy and as well as working indoors I offer the option of working outdoors in natural spaces.
Therapy sessions are client led and take place in a welcoming and confidential environment.
I offer both focused short term work and longer on-going work. This can be discussed and regularly reviewed.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information or have any questions. I would be very happy to discuss any queries.
What is Drama and Movement Therapy?
You do not need to have any previous experience in drama or the arts to engage with drama and movement therapy. I will work to find the most suitable medium for you to engage with, which can include talking, that can address and resolve or make more bearable troubling issues.
Drama and Movement Therapy is a Creative Arts Psychotherapy that incorporates all art forms; Drama, Movement, Art, Music and the spoken and written word.
Drama and Movement Therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their training in theatre/art and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind. Stories, myths, playtexts, puppetry, masks, painting, creative writing and improvisation are examples of the range of interventions that a Dramatherapist may employ . These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach. (Badth British Association of Dramatherapy)
What is Ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy can include
Creative arts and nature based activities to develop a balanced relationship with nature that benefits your wellbeing. This can include aspects of Forest School techniques and activities.
Walk and Talk therapy; this form of therapy allows for dialogue away from the traditional therapy room setting and includes nature and the environment in the therapeutic relationship. This is not a fitness session and the client decides the pace of the walk. Walking side by side with a therapist can help a client feel that they are supported in their journey and moving forward.
Fundamental to Ecotherapy is our connection to the natural world and the environment we live within. Ecotherapy uses a range of practices in order to help us connect with nature and ultimately our inner nature. Personal distress can be alleviated by developing the mutual connection between inside and outside. Through learning to care for the environment we learn to care for and nurture ourselves. (Martin Jordan Ecotherapy)
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the last seven years I have worked with;
- Children and who have complex attachments, anxiety, depression are 'looked after' or have been bereaved.
- Children, young people and adults with learning difficulties, some with limited verbal communication.
- Children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum.
- Children, young people and adults with life limiting conditions or illnesses.
- Children, young people and adults who have experienced complex trauma from domestic or sexual abuse.
- Older people with dementia.
- Families in order to enable them to talk and work together to understand one another's perspectives and to find resources as a family to work towards addressing issues and communication.
In addition to my private practice I have also worked in local charitable organisations and within schools and colleges
Drama and Movement Therapy MA, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice, Institute of Family Therapy, Dorchester
Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership, Open College Network, West Midlands
Outdoor Therapy and Ecotherapy, Martin Jordan and Hayley Marshall, Powdermill Woods, Battle.
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
During the Covid-19 Pandemic I can offer sessions by phone or online.