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What is Dramatherapy?
“Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth”
Dramatherapy is a specialist psychological therapy which allows clients to access an alternate form of expression. Utilising the creative arts as a whole; drama, music and art - Dramatherapy focusses on the persons overall well-being and provides a space for clients to work through challenging life situations, past or present. Role play, storytelling, object work, sensory play, games, metaphor and masks are but a few ways in which Dramatherapy can be used to enable a more safe, distanced approach to viewing the self or real life scenarios.
Dramatherapy is built on boundaries and the therapeutic relationship, trust between both client and therapist is vital and Sarah's aim is that clients feel supported enough to explore aspects of self which may have been too difficult previously or which are unknown. Trauma and emotional resilience can determine how direct a person wants to be within therapy; to talk about their experiences or whether the more distanced method is safer. Sarah facilitates Dramatherapy from a person centred approach, where she works with what a person brings to the therapy and leads them through a psychotherapeutic creative process.
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and a Master’s Degree in Dramatherapy. She received her accreditation in October of 2016 and since then she has been working as a freelance Dramatherapist in both primary and secondary schools across Sheffield. Sarah is passionate about her work and believes it is imperative that mental health amongst both children and young people is acknowledged and that early intervention takes place. Witnessing personal growth and knowing that she can make a difference is Sarah’s daily driving force and main career motivation.
Sarah would describe herself as a warm, caring, and an approachable person. These attributes are essential within this role and are backed with a wide range of experience from working with children and adolescents dealing with:
Sarah is fully registered with the Health Care Professionals Council and a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists.
Loss and Bereavement
Anxiety and Depression
Trauma and Attachment
Lack of confidence and self-esteem
Identity and Sexuality
What are your thoughts on Dramatherapy delivered in primary schools and specifically how it was in St Thomas of Canterbury?
It was a very positive experience for the children involved and it definitely supported them to recognise their own emotions and to deal with them proactively within a group.
What are your thoughts on my professionalism, communication with staff and service in general?
Sarah was highly professional and showed exceptional communication skills; her care for the children really shone through.
Would you say Dramatherapy had an impact on the group?
They are calmer, more assured, and the group are really in tune to each others' feelings.
Would you recommend other schools buying into Dramatherapy?
- An interview with Liam Colclough, Headteacher at St Thomas of Canterbury
Currently, Sarah is delivering individual and group Dramatherapy in the following schools:
Athelston Primary School
Jan 2017 - Present
Silverdale Secondary School
May 2017 - Present
King Ecgberts Secondary School
May 2017 - Present
High Storrs School
June 2017 - Present
Tapton Secondary School
Sept 2017 - Present
King Edwards Secondary School
Oct 2017 - Present
After having an initial meeting with Sarah to gain an understanding of her work, we felt very reassured in her ability to reach out to some of our most vulnerable students. Sarah presents herself professionally and is confident in describing Dramatherapy to those of us who are unaware of this type of work - we even had a chance to take part in some during her presentation!
It is clear to see that Sarah is passionate about what she does and her ability to connect with our students and make them feel safe has already made a difference to those who were referred to her.
Here at High Storrs, Sarah is working with a group of six and an individual. We hope that through Dramatherapy our students will be able to develop their skills and strategies to move forward in their education and personal lives with confidence.
- Abigail Osborne, Student Support Assistant at High Storrs School