Rachel: BA Hons, MA (Drama and Movement Therapy) HCPC Reg. AS16981
Rachel qualified in Drama and Movement Therapy (MA) in July 2020 with a distinction from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Over the last two years Rachel has worked and continues to work as a youth worker, supporting young people in an inner city borough. During her drama and movement therapy training, Rachel’s placements in first year included working within a Social Emotional Mental Health primary school and a mainstream secondary. Both consisted of working with young people who had additional behavioural needs and were deemed hard to engage. In her second year, her clinical hours focused on working in a secondary school for young people with Profound Multiple Learning Disability/severe autism and in an NHS medium secure forensic hospital working with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and personality disorders based on an acute ward. The body of Rachel’s work has been with clients whose behaviour is challenging and engaging those who are disengaged.
Prior to training Rachel has a background delivering one to one and group work within the Criminal Justice System, successfully delivering and programme managing rehabilitation programmes nationally. Critically, this involved forming and maintaining relationships engaging with stakeholders to support delivery of work and build strong community relationships.
Rachel is a strong communicator who enjoys challenges, bringing creativity, flexibility and an intuitive response to client led work. She is well versed to working in unpredictable situations and has a resilient approach. Prior to her therapy training she graduated with a first class Honours degree from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.
Becci: BA Hons, MA (Drama and Movement Therapy) HCPC Reg. AS16973
Becci qualified in Drama and Movement Therapy (MA) in July 2020 with a distinction from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Becci has over a decade of experience working with children and young people at Liberty Theatre Arts where she felt passionately about the necessity to nurture positive mental health and how the arts could support this. During her drama and movement therapist training Becci delivered one to one and group drama and movement therapy to a range of both adult and child clients with mental health conditions including schizophrenia, addiction, anxiety, depression and those who had experienced trauma. In her second year a large part of Becci’s clinical work was working with young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autism (ASD).
Before training as a drama and movement therapist worked in adult acute psychiatric wards as a health care assistant and activities coordinator. These experiences have contributed, alongside her therapist training, to Becci’s dedication to working empathetically with a person centred and non-judgemental approach.
During Becci’s time working on psychiatric wards she was often commended for her calm and intuitive approach and particularly had a great success rate with engaging with those deemed hard to engage. The nature of psychiatric wards can be chaotic and ever changing. Experience working within these settings means that Becci is well versed in adapting quickly and maintaining a creative and versatile approach. Becci would often work with service users to create holistic and realistic mental health care plans and empower individuals to take responsibility for these leading to personal healing and growth. This holistic approach is something she has maintained and takes forward into her work as a drama and movement therapist; working reflectively, considering conscious and unconscious processes, and developing treatment plans best placed to meet the needs of clients.