John Harley Drama Therapist in Bridport

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John Harley - dramatherapist based in Dorset - member of BADth and registered with HCPC

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‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation’. Plato

I am a qualified dramatherapist based in Bridport. I have over thirty years of working creatively with children and young people and twenty years of developing safe spaces for adults to find wholeness. I passionately believe in the power and effectiveness of dramatherapy and the potential it has to unlock our self-esteem, self-knowledge and the richness of our imagination. I have worked in a variety of settings over the years including schools, NHS mental health and community centres. I have experience of leading group and individual dramatherapy and I have had the privilege of working with children, young people and adults.

I like to draw from a range of approaches in working with children and teens such as visualisation, art-making, clay-work, stories, games, cartooning, mask-making, den-making and puppet work. When working therapeutically with adults I offer a spectrum of creative tools including mindfulness, improvisation, script-writing, art and colour work. I co-create a safe, welcoming space for the client to share and to express themselves freely while dramatic and creative techniques are always available.

Dramatherapy is effective supporting clients with many issues: children on the autism spectrum and hyperactivity, older people with dementia, mental illness and anxiety, addictions and relationship difficulties.

Background and Experience

I trained as a dramatherapist at Roehampton University from 2008-2011. During the course I gained extensive experience alongside clients living with mental illness; I developed mindfulness techniques and storytelling exercises with groups. Since then I have worked for the London based charity Carefree Kids doing one to one work with children in primary schools. I have been a teacher and youth leader for nearly thirty years and since the nineties I have organised and run creative residential and day retreats and workshops for adults.

Setting and Location

The main venue for my dramatherapy practice is:

Chapel in the Garden
49 East Street

The therapy room is large, characterful and comfortable and there are car parks nearby.
I am also willing to travel to other venues such as schools and community centres.

Appointments and Fees

I have a number of therapy slots available during the week including mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Session fees:
individual - one hour (50 minutes) - £50
group -one hour (50 minutes - £150

* I am able to offer some reduced fee appointments to those financially unable to meet the full cost.

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