I have over 13 years’ experience working creatively and therapeutically with a range of clients, both one-to-one and in groups. During this time, I have worked in statutory and voluntary sectors, including: prisons, Probation services, schools, Youth Offending Teams, residential care centres and homelessness centres. More recently, I have specialised in working therapeutically with men who have perpetrated domestic violence and sexual abuse. I am a fully qualified Creative Arts Psychotherapist, holding an M.A.(Hons) in Dramatherapy from the Southwest School of Dramatherapy in Exeter. I am fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).
I use a range of techniques in my sessions and usually leave it up to the client to decide how much, or how little, creativity they want in their session. I know from my own experiences of therapy, both as a client and as a therapist, that creative techniques can be very powerful; however different people have different needs and it is important to work in a way that feels right to the client. Although most of the techniques I use are rooted in drama and theatre, I also use art, music and mindfulness approaches in my sessions.
Other issues Jessica has experience of working with are following but not limited to: Abuse, addiction, anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, depression, emotional dysregulation, grief & loss, health, low self esteem, panic disorder, personality disorder, rape & sexual assault, relationships, self harm, sexuality (LGBT), stress, trauma and work related stress.