As a dramatherapist, yoga teacher and yamuna practitioner I offer a holistic and integrative approach.
What is Dramatherapy?
In Dramatherapy we can use drama and theatre processes to explore experiences, stories, relationships and problem solve. This creative approach helps express feelings, unresolved issues and narratives in a subconscious and often non-directive way. It is an embodied practice that is active and experiential. We may use role play, storytelling, voicework, movement, puppetry or mask work. Music, poetry, writing,costume, theatre-making and art can also be used. We can explore verbally and non-verbally. Dramatherapy is often very client centred, the therapist taking the lead from the client and picking up on metaphor, stories, feelings and visual cues. Therapist and client work creatively together. The therapist is facilitator and guide.We observe and witness both the process, the journey and the outcomes providing a safe, respectful and confidential space guided by the client. Ultimately any therapeutic work is about relationship, relationship to self, each other, the space around us and our everyday experiences. As a yoga teacher and bodyworker I work to help the client to be in the present moment. Often when we are confused, anxious, upset, stressed or traumatised this can be a very difficult place to inhabit. It can feel overwhelming and unsafe. I do this by connecting to the breath and the body to become grounded and to find a safe place.
Where to Begin?
We have an initial meeting introducing the therapy space, ourselves and answering questions. It is essential that a client feels comfortable and that there is a connection between the client and the therapist. Starting therapy can feel like a big step. I recommend having 3 initial sessions and if we agree to continue I usually see clients weekly or fortnightly.
What to expect in a therapy session
The first session will often involve connecting to the breath. We may then explore some movement or yamuna body rolling. We will explore some breathing and movement exercises to help become grounded and relaxed. Through body work, breathing and movement feelings, thoughts or memories may begin to surface. We may then begin to work creatively with some of the material/ ideas that emerge.
A session will always finish with mindfulness/ grounding practices and relaxation or breathwork.
Where Do The Sessions Take place?
Therapy sessions take place from The Practice Rooms on Park Square in Leeds City Centre. This is a beautiful, calming and dedicated place for therapists with wonderful spaces. There is plenty of on street parking and its in a quiet location.
Training and Code of Practice
As a full member of BADth ( British Association of Dramatherapists) I adhere to and follow their Code of Practice and am registered with the Health Professions Council. I have regular supervision and attend regular webinars, workshops and training concerning therapy and trauma research, body work and Dramatherapy. I have a postgraduate diploma in Dramatherapy, a certificate in Neuro Dramatic Play and an interest in working with trauma with a somatic approach. I am a trainer in Yamuna Body Rolling as well as a Senior Yoga Teacher. I have over 36 years experience of working with arts, drama, yoga and creative approaches with client groups of all ages and abilities. I am currently studying Trauma Sensitive Yoga and will be taking an Art Therapy Foundation course in July 2022.
I work with children and young people from 5 upwards and with adults. I prefer to work face to face with clients though can do occasional sessions on zoom and offer telephone sessions as and when needed.
March 2022 – October 2022
Initial Consultation £35 for 1 hour
Package of 3 Initial Sessions
£99 for 3 x 1 hour sessions payable in advance.
£45 per hour payable in advance
6 Week Block £240
Concessions available for students + low income ( minimum payment £35 per hour)
Get in Touch
Start a conversation about Embodied Self Therapy by emailing Nichi at [email protected]
Check out my 6 Week Dramatherapy Course starting on the 10th October here