Professional Qualifications/Experience - Psychotherapist, 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 have extensive experience working in mainstream and special schools for Roundabout Dramatherapy; 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.
My Private Practice includes Creative Arts Supervision, short/long term Counselling - BACP registered, Dip Integrative Psychosynthesis (Re-Vision); as a Full UKCP member, I hold a Post-Dip in Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy, also from Re-Vision.
I currently work as a Dramatherapist in acute adult psychiatry for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
RIVER: CULTURAL EXPERIENCES AS A TRINIDADIAN DRAMATHERAPIST WITH AN EVOLVING PRACTICE IN THE UK
Personal Approach as a Therapist
'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you' - Maya Angelou
I draw on Gestalt, Jungian and Psychodynamic approaches 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 if necessary we can explore spiritual perspectives alongside grounded therapeutic skills. My past experience as a Dramatherapist means that I can also offer creative interventions, through Myth/Story, Improvisation 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"