After two years working in trauma and rehabilitation with the psychosocial department of the Red Cross in the Middle East I decided to re-train as a therapist in 2007.
I work with Dramatherapy as opposed to other types of therapy as I believe that for most of us there are parts of ourselves we may not be able to access or fully understand using conventional means of communication, i.e. talking. Since graduating I have worked with individuals and groups both nationally and internationally.
I am a visiting lecturer on the Dramatherapy Masters and foundation courses at Roehampton University and coordinate a diverse participation and outreach programme for a leading British theatre company. We bring dramatherapy to marginalised people and at-risk groups. I am also piloting ‘therapeutic theatre’ projects throughout London and the North East of England. I currently work at a number of pupil referral units across South East London and Surrey.
I also offer supervision and am currently undertaking the creative arts supervision training (CAST).
My previous experience includes:
- adult mental health
- emotional based school refusers (EBSR)
- child and adolescent mental health
- looked-after children
- young people and adults with autism
- adults with learning difficulties
- siblings of children with autism
- female prisoners
- people seeking asylum
- migrant workers
- homeless people with mental health problems
I am registered with the Health Professions Council,
HCPC registration number: AS14245 (under the name of Alexis Ramsden)
I am a member of The British Association of Dramatherapists & subscribe to their code of ethics and practice