I am leveraging my 15 yrs of directing hundreds of actors in trauma-based dramatizations with my current education in psychotherapy. I am offering a short and long term personal development group as part of my third year psychotherapy training.
I have always found working with actors very comfortable. I tend to go on the journey with them, empathising and supporting their choices. I have brought this same approach into the therapy room. This closed group is a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment to explore aspects of your life and career where you feel stuck. The group’s goal is to engage your spontaneity and creativity to interrupt old behaviour patterns allowing for authentic choices to emerge.
In the early part of the twentieth century psychiatrist and social scientist JL Moreno developed a therapeutic action method that started as improvisational theatre. He called it Psychodrama. The techniques have been developed over the last hundred years and incorporated into many different therapies today. .
How Does it Work?
Spontaneity & creativity
The approach was inspired by live theatre production, so the terms used in a psychodrama session are similar. The group therapist is called the ‘director’. The client is referred to as the ‘protagonist’, the main actor in a psychodrama. Group members supporting the work take on ‘roles’ in the protagonist’s life – often having deep resonances in their own life. Some of these roles externalise feelings and behaviours that conflict with each other and leave the protagonist feeling stuck. Deep seated (and often unconscious) beliefs are uncovered through this method. The group process allows the protagonist to make different choices through new messages to self. It develops new roles and strengthens inner resources that reduce stress and anxiety and increases the flow of spontaneity and creativity – the two elements required to be our authentic selves. Group sharing afterwards gives space to those who are warming up to their own group supported protagonist work in future sessions.
I’m Interested. What’s Next?
Get in touch
Book your series of three 50-minute online one-to-one consultations. The consults will involve some history-taking and discussion around current issues that you would like to explore in greater depth, in a group setting. These sessions are free and confidential. The time will also be used to engage creatively in the technique of psychodrama. There is no obligation to continue after the first, second or third assessment. If you decide to continue onto the group sessions a commitment will be required for the first block.
Contact Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free one to one consultations.
FACE TO FACE SESSIONS
LIMITED TO SIX PEOPLE
Ongoing 2 hour weekly sessions Thursdays @ 7pm – 9pm
October 15, 2020 – December 17, 2020
64-84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ
LIMITED TO SIX PEOPLE
Ongoing 2 hour weekly sessions Mondays @ 7pm – 9pm
(via secure Zoom link)
October 26, 2020 – December 17, 2020
Alan Powell, UKCP & BPA student member
Alan is passionate about creative approaches to personal change. His 15 years as a video director of educational drama with trauma-based themes has whet his appetite to work directly with those affected by childhood trauma.
Alan holds certificates in humanistic integrative counselling and psychodynamic integrative counselling. As of September 2020, he will be entering his third year of a four-year training program for psychodrama psychotherapy. Recently, Alan has been working one to one with adult survivors of sexual violence and prior to that spent two years as a placement therapist working with perpetrators of domestic abuse. He has guest facilitated group psychodrama therapy for the Roehampton Priory’s addictions treatment program as well as facilitating an NCS funded program involving several groups of 40-50 teens focusing on creativity and self-expression.