Amy Willshire is a Dramatherapist experienced working with performance professionals including actors, movement practitioners, playwrights and puppeteers. She has personal experience as a director and writer of plays and lighting and sound technician, and is passionate about using the arts to aid healing.
Amy has expertise helping clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and she can help performers address Roling and Deroling (including the distinction of me and not me). She has worked with adults with addictions and substance dependency, with older adults with dementia and cognitive loss and with clients who have experienced trauma, abuse, trafficking, bereavement, family separation, homelessness, PTSD, and eating disorders.
She works with adults and children, individuals, groups and families, using a range of therapeutic approaches, adapted to meet each client’s needs, with a specific interest in how a deeper understanding of “who am I” can help align thoughts, feelings, actions and sense of purpose. She uses techniques informed by somatic experiencing (how trauma is held in the body) and internal family systems (internal conflicts including self sabotage behaviours).
She is interested in attachment and working with families to strengthen bonds and relationships. This includes families who have suffered a bereavement, families with depression or anxiety, reunited families (e.g. following incarceration or migration), family breakdown, family assessment centres, contact centres, children in care, adopted families
She has experience working affirmingly with LGBT+ clients and with clients from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds.
Bryn Jones has been practising as a Dramatherapist and mindfulness-based therapist since 2010. His background is as a drama practitioner and theatre director and he has worked as a therapist with many creative professionals including actors, dancers and directors. In his therapy practice he works with individuals, couples and groups, drawing upon his training and experience in dramatherapy, creativity and mindfulness to support people in exploring and working through a wide variety of difficulties and challenges, including:
- Emotional challenges
- Personal and professional relationships
- Self esteem
- Life transitions and purpose
Bryn lectures in drama and on the Dramatherapy MA at Royal Central School (University of London) and is engaged in research exploring the relationship between dramatherapy, movement and mindfulness. He continues to develop his theatre practice via ongoing projects; performing and directing.
Clinical psychology. Neuropsychology. CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (person-centered guiding), Solution Focused Therapy. Also works as actress and understands demands of profession. Has seen musicians, actors and dancers with wide range of problems e.g. bipolar, psychosis, addictions, PTSD, anxiety (general and performance), phobias. Specialist in developing confidence, self esteem, long term mental health management skills. Experienced Dramatherapist. Based in Qatar but available for Skype consultations.
Heather is a dramatherapist based in County Armagh in Northern Ireland, having graduated from Maynooth University in Kildare in 2018. She works full-time as a dramatherapist in an adult male mental health residential and nursing facility. She has a specific interest in mental health and specialises in one-to-one sessions. Heather is also a singer, actor and presenter.
Heather is passionate about promoting dramatherapy within the NI NHS Trusts, as well as working towards creating a dramatherapy Masters’ course in Northern Irish universities. Heather is a BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists) Executive Council member, is the NI rep for dramatherapy in AHPFNI (Allied Health Professionals Federation Northern Ireland), and is also a Council member of IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists).
Lauraine Leigh Klugman is an experienced Dramatherapist who works with performance professionals, students, theatre staff and dramatherapy groups. She trained in Dramatherapy in 1994 and gained an MA in Psychoanalytical Studies at The Tavistock in 2007. Her Dramatherapy and psychotherapy approach can help with difficulties including confidence, mental health diagnoses, low self esteem, family difficulties, learning difficulties, voice, movement, bullying, relationship difficulties, grief, bereavement, new parenting and isolation. She is very experienced working with children, teenagers and their parents, in schools, private practice and the NHS. She has personal experience as an Artistic Director and Drama teacher.