dramatherapy and counselling in Bridport, Dorset
John Harley - dramatherapist serving Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth, Dorset - member of BADth and registered with HCPC
creating pathways to wellbeing
‘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, within easy reach of Dorchester and Weymouth. 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, drama 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 an effective therapy 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.
Bridport is well situated for clients who live in Dorset and is on bus routes to Weymouth and Dorchester.
Appointments and Fees
I have a number of therapy slots available during the week including mornings, afternoons and evenings.
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.