Professional Qualifications/Experience - Counsellor, Dramatherapist, Supervisor
BA Hons Acting (GSMD); this led to an MA Dramatherapy (Sesame) and HCPC registration, with qualified clinical experience since 2006 - including individual and group Dramatherapy for patients on the acute wards at the Maudsley Hospital and for those accessing the outpatient services.
I also have extensive experience working in mainstream and special schools for Roundabout Dramatherapy.
I have a private Supervision practice and have worked as a Creative Arts Supervisor since 2010.
I'm a BACP registered counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Psychosynthesis, having worked with clients for London Friend and The Metro, providing both short and long-term counselling within the LGBTQ community.
For The Awareness Centre, I worked as a counsellor on their low-cost counselling service and within NHS settings providing time-limited counselling for patients accessing the IAPT service from January-August 2016.
At present, I'm on the Post-Diploma training in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy at Re-Vision.
I work part-time as a counsellor/dramatherapist with adolescents at City of London Academy, Southwark and all of my current work is South London-based.
RIVER: CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AS A TRINIDADIAN DRAMATHERAPIST WITH AN EVOLVING PRACTICE IN THE UK
Personal Approach as a Counsellor/Therapist
'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you' - Maya Angelou
As an Integrative counsellor, I draw on approaches that include Gestalt, Jungian, Psychodynamic and work with the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship.
We can look at your unique story and explore how patterns set up in the past might manifest in the present and as a Re-Vision-trained counsellor, I can combine a spiritual perspective with down to earth therapeutic skills. My past experience as a Dramatherapist means that I can also offer a creative perspective if necessary, through Myth/Story and Movement.
As a therapist living in Southwark and of African Caribbean heritage, I'm willing to work with themes of race, culture, sexual identity, difference and diversity as it might be relevant to your individual story and within the therapeutic relationship.
I have worked with clients who have experienced difficulties with :
"Yes I felt depressed, and at times felt I had nothing to live for, but I was always reminded to hold onto the things I was doing well, and be patient! It's not a magic wand therapy, you have to dig deep and work with your counsellor, they don't give you the answers, but they do help you find your way"