Drama Therapy

Lynn Engler, Dramatherapist
I am a fully qualified Dramatherapist (Post-graduate Diploma 2003), a trained Youth Worker, and am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). I have a Masters Degree in Theatre (2000) and also completed a Stage Management course at the Theatre Royal, Norwich.
I run a part-time private & freelance practice, based in Norwich.
I previously worked as a Dramatherapist in the NHS with adults with learning disabilities and enduring mental health difficulties, and was also employed in Norfolk by a national fostering agency, providing therapy for looked-after children and foster carers.
In my private and freelance practice I have worked with adults, young people & children with mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, anxiety, low self-esteem, risk/self-harming behaviours, emotional/behavioural difficulties and past trauma, and in schools as well as healthcare/social settings.
My areas of interest/training include: Sandplay Therapy; Understanding Trauma & Secondary Trauma & the Effects of Shame; Understanding Adolescence; Survivors of Abuse; Attachment; and Bereavement/Loss.
I can provide dramatherapy for individuals or group sessions or workshops,as well as consultations, taster sessions, training workshops, and dramatherapy introductory days.
About Dramatherapy
Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts can be used within the therapeutic relationship.
Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. Examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ include stories, myths, play texts, puppetry, masks, acting techniques/rehearsal exercises, drama games, role-play and improvisation. This enables the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.
Clients who are referred/refer themselves to dramatherapy do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama.
Dramatherapists work in a wide variety of settings: in schools; in mental health & general health/social care settings, in prisons, in the voluntary sector, and in private practice; and with clients with widely differing needs: from children on the autistic spectrum to older people with dementia, adolescents who self-harm or engage in risk behaviours, survivors of abuse, and people with mental health difficulties.
Referrals & Enquiries
Tel. Lynn Engler on 07948642683 or email stagesdramatherapy@yahoo.com.