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 in the private and public sectors. I also offer clinical supervision to therapists and educators (including senior leadership) both privately and within alternative education provisions and NHS settings.
I have taught on some of the leading training programmes for dramatherapists and coordinate a diverse participation and outreach programme for a leading British theatre company. I am currently the clinical lead for a large group of therapists at a number of pupil referral units across South East London and Surrey.
My previous experience includes:
- adult mental health
- emotional based school refusers (EBSR)
- child and adolescent mental health
- looked-after children
- Young carers
- 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
- bereaved children (NHS)
- children who have life limiting or life changing illness (NHS)
- children and young people who have experience medical trauma (NHS)
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