Arts Psychotherapy & Dramatherapy

Arts Therapies are psychological therapies practised by therapists who have arts-based experience and training, at Masters level, in psychological interventions.  There are currently four types of arts therapies: art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and dance movement therapy.
The first three are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and are protected titles.  (
The art forms are used to foster a positive therapeutic alliance and provide alternative means of communication when words are hard to find.
Dramatherapy is a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling, dramatisation, improvisation and the performance arts have a central position within the therapeutic relationship.  Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process.  It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.  For more information visit the British Association of Dramatherapists.  (

Arts Psychotherapy/Anastasia McWilliams
I offer a unique therapeutic approach that aims to support expression and exploration of capacities for insight, encourage positive change and improve emotional and psychological wellbeing.  My practice is informed by attachment theory, person centred and psychodynamic psychotherapy, dramatherapy and phototherapy/therapeutic photography.
I use a variety of methods to support individuals address and explore feelings, personal and emotional difficulties, relationship issues and trauma.  These include talking therapy, working with photographs, sounds, objects, masks, movement, voice, role-play, story making and poetry.  The work encourages use of metaphor and symbolism to enable exploration and understanding of difficult issues at a distance.
Arts psychotherapy interventions can mobilise imaginative resources leading to new skills, greater confidence and an ability to deal more effectively with situations arising in life; offer space for explorations of the role patterns we inhabit; encourage both verbal and non verbal communication.  Central to the therapeutic process is the establishment of a safe and trustful relationship between the client and the therapist.
1:1 sessions run for 50 minutes.  At the start of each session there is space for addressing any present issues, thoughts or emotions.  This would usually be the starting point that will determine the focus of the session.  Creative methods will be suggested as a way of exploring further the arising themes.  At the end of each session there will be time for reflection.
We will initially meet for an introductory session to discuss how I may be able to support you and answer any questions.  This will also give you the chance to familiarise yourself with the space and the creative tools available.  If you decide to start therapy we can discuss and book sessions either on a weekly or fortnightly basis.  The methods used will be tailored to your needs and preferences.