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CREATIVE WELL-BEING / THERAPEUTIC PLAY

Beside play in a theatre environment, I am a strong advocate for the application and usage of play in various contexts and settings, including therapeutic play, neuro-dramatic play and education. I am particularly passionate about creating spaces for (un)structured play to support emotional well-being and processing in children.

Play (in children and adults) is crucial for stress relief, brain plasticity, neurogenesis, and memory function. It offers an excellent way to reduce stress, build social connections, and release dopamine; a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward. 

CREATIVE THERAPIST

I am a licensed  Creative Therapist registered with the​  International Association of Therapists.

 

Holistic in my approach  recognise the connection between mind, body and environment to support and improve physical and emotional health and well-being through a combination of  therapeutic and creative techniques including art, play, sound, drama, movement and relaxation. I offer individual and group based sessions.  

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THEARAPUTIC PLAY

I am a non-directive child centred  therapeutic play practitioner utilising play and creative arts, including sand tray, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, drama, puppetry, poetry, movement, and music in my therapeutic work with children. These sessions aim to address and alleviate mild to moderate emotional or psychological issues, by enhancing the child's emotional well-being.

As a Therapeutic Play Practitioner, I am on the Play Therapy UK's accredited register which is a guarantee that my Play Therapy services meet specific standards in accordance with  The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care which oversees the ten statutory bodies that regulate health professionals in the United Kingdom.

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NEURO-DRAMATIC PLAY

Neuro-Dramatic-Play® was originated and developed by innovative international arts practitioner Dr Sue Jennings since 1998. It encourages people to be more independent and self-reliant. It affirms people’s identity and self-esteem, and the building of social relationships. It is an approach that can also be used for working with children who have been traumatised,

PLAY IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM

In the rehearsal room, I embrace the power of play, drawing on the insights of Viola Spolin and Philippe Gaulier's "Le Jeu." Spolin's innovative techniques encourage  improvisation, encouraging spontaneity, creativity, and genuine connection among performers.  Through playful exercises, I aim to reduce anxiety and unlock emotional expression, creating a safer space where risks are welcomed, and mistakes are celebrated as opportunities for growth.

 

Gaulier's "Le Jeu" adds another dimension, highlighting the joy and freedom found in play. His methods inspire actors to embrace their uniqueness and delve deeper into their characters. This playful approach not only enhances our performances but also promotes mental and emotional well-being. 

 

By integrating play into our rehearsals, we cultivate a nurturing space  that nurtures both creativity and well-being. By integrating play into rehearsals, we not only enrich our performances but also promote mental and emotional health, making the ehearsal room a dynamic space for artistic and personal development.

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