Private Practice I currently have some availability for private clients. Please contact me to arrange an initial consultation.
Individual Drama and Movement Therapy
I offer individual Dramatherapy sessions in Tipperary and surrounding areas to both children and adults. My therapy room is situated in Kilshane, just outside Tippeary town, in a private home overlooking the Bansha Woods, River Ara and Sliabh na Muc Hills. There is plenty of safe parking. During the current pandemic I continue to practice in a safe Covid compliant manner. For those that prefer, I also now offer online therapy.
I offer an initial consultation session at a reduced cost with each client, so that we can meet each other and decide whether it is appropriate to work together. The initial meeting is an opportunity for you to speak freely about why you have come to me and what you hope to achieve. It is also a space for you to get to know me and my approach to therapy. I encourage questions about my practice so that you may decide with confidence if you will be comfortable working with me. Should we decide to work together, I will ask each client to commit to an initial eight sessions, in the eighth session we reflect and discuss the work and decide whether or how we will continue together.
I occasionally have a few concessionary places for low income or unemployed so please ask for more information.
Group Drama and Movement Therapy
Currently I am not taking referrals for groups but please do contact me for information about upcoming groups, events and/or workshops and to register your interest.
Dramatherapy in Schools
Children’s mental health is at the forefront of many conversations of late. This is a really positive shift as research shows early intervention benefits children throughout their development and into adulthood. For example, a child or teen who has experienced a loss, such as bereavement or their primary care givers’ separation, may present in school with challenging behavior as a result of their misplaced grief i.e. anger, sadness & withdrawal. If that grief can be contained and worked within a therapy space the child is more likely to be able to focus in lessons and form healthy relationships with peers.
Early intervention is also key to reducing stigmas around mental health; it becomes the norm for children to speak about their emotions and general well-being. Their emotional intelligence and growing capacity to relate to themselves and others are then carried into adulthood.
Dramatherapy works particularity well in schools due to its non-confrontational methods of working therapeutically, playfully engaging the client. I work in one to one sessions or with groups using stories, drama activities, movement and other creative methods to encourage a child to feel safe and able to explore their experiences. My experience includes working with children with autism, ADHD, behavioral and attachment difficulties, bereavement and loss, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
If you would like to know more about how I could work with your school please get in touch.
I have a range of experience of working with organisations including; mainstream and SEN schools (primary and secondary), nursing homes, NHS organisations, day services and charities.
If you would like to discuss how Dramatherapy can support the mental health, emotional and well-being support services in your organisation please get in touch.