Qualifications and Experience
I completed my MA training in the University of Roehampton and qualified as a dramatherapist in 2016. I have experience working both with groups and individuals in education, community and forensic adult mental health and palliative care. I have worked with people with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses, including anxiety, autism, ADHD, alcohol & drug dependency, depression, learning disabilities, OCD, schizophrenia, survivors of abuse, young offenders, but also with people who are affected by bereavement or living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.
I currently divide my practice time between the NHS, where I work with people with learning disabilities, and St. Christopher’s Hospice, working with people at the end of life, their families and the wider community addressing the reality of death and dying. I also maintain a small freelance practice. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADTh) and I adhere to their code of ethics and practice. My practice is regularly supervised by a senior dramatherapist and psychotherapist.
I believe and have experienced that with the intentional use of the healing aspects of creativity, people can express their difficulties, create meaning out of difficult life situations, and access resources that might be otherwise harder to access using regular talking therapies.
My main inspirations and theoretical underpinnings are to be found in the work of psychotherapists James Hillman, D.W. Winnicott, Irvin Yalom, social worker and teacher Stephen Jenkinson and theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski. My therapeutic work is also inspired and supported by 12 years of Tai Chi and meditation practice, and an ongoing movement meditation practice. I have trained with Tew Bunnag, founder of the European School of Tai Chi Chuan, and I regularly teach Tai Chi and meditation classes in London.
I work using an empathetic approach which takes into consideration different cultural backgrounds and spiritual beliefs whilst acknowledging the responsibility towards attending to and nurturing each person’s inherent wisdom. I employ a variety of tools such as the use of conversation, movement, imagination, song, stories, music, and artwork to support people towards finding depth and clarity in their daily life.
I was born and spent my early formative years in Thessaloniki, Greece. With both of my parents being professional musicians, I developed a sensitivity towards music and theatre. Although I initially trained and worked as a research ecologist, following a period of personal crisis and transformation, I returned to crafting, performing and teaching theatre. As a theatre practitioner, I became particularly interested in the transmission of myth and oral knowledge through contemporary artistic creation, and having researched Greek and other Balkan folk singing traditions, I performed in ensemble-based theatre plays and taught young actors in workshops internationally informed by this research. During these years, I witnessed first hand the healing effect that engaging with theatre has for people. It was then that I decided that this gift needs to be shared with people regardless of whether they see themselves as creative or not, and re-trained as a dramatherapist.