Roundabout Dramatherapy

What is dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is an effective, expressive therapy which enables children and young people to enter into a dynamic relationship with the dramatherapist that enables them to express, explore and make sense of their feelings and events that may be hard to talk about. Dramatherapy aims to improve mental health, by working with individuals and groups using verbal and non-verbal methods, and a wide range of theatrical and dramatic techniques.

Some of the areas where dramatherapy can help include:

  • Increase communication skills
  • Develop social interaction skills
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve relationships
  • Reduce behaviour problems
  • Increase ability to express and explore feelings
  • Improve self-image and self-confidence
  • Develop artistic and creative skills
  • Increase ability to work with the imagination
  • Improve opportunities and skills for self-advocacy


Dramatherapy can help with

  • Bereavement/loss
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Bullying
  • Peer relationships

Dramatherapy at Foresters School

The 4 days dramatherapy service is provided by Roundabout (Registered Charity 297491). Deborah Haythorne, Tricia Gannon, Xav Fontenille and Catherine Gibson, four of Roundabout’s dramatherapists run sessions at Foresters School. Children and young people are generally referred to dramatherapy by staff at the school. Parents and carers are contacted prior to dramatherapy starting, to seek permission for dramatherapy to begin. Also to offer an invitation to meet with the dramatherapist before and after the therapeutic intervention. Children and young people are then assessed by the dramatherapists and offered weekly sessions. The dramatherapists work closely with staff at the school and are invited to contribute to annual reviews and write reports on the work as requested.


Roundabout (Registered Charity 297491) is the UK's largest dramatherapy charity. Our motto is 'Turning Lives Around', and that is what we do, by offering a dramatherapy service across London for more than 30 years.

All of Roundabout’s dramatherapists work to the code of Ethical Practice established and provided by BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists) and abide by Roundabout and the School’s policies and procedures. All of Roundabout’s dramatherapists are qualified to MA level and are registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). They are DBS checked to the enhanced level and receive regular supervision.

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