About

What is dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy which uses drama related techniques such as storytelling, metaphor, play and movement, improvisation, puppets and music, to support people to understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives.

Dramatherapy’s creative flexibility makes it an appropriate intervention for people of all ages from children and adolescents through to older adults.

Dramatherapy can be of help to those who are


You do not need to have any skills or experience of drama, theatre or the arts to take part in dramatherapy. The aim isn’t to perform but rather to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace.

All Roundabout’s dramatherapists are fully qualified to a postgraduate standard; they are registered with the Health Professionals Council and regularly supervised by the management team. In addition they have all completed developmental trauma training.

Sessions in schools every week

Who we work with

Roundabout is a charity that works with a wide range of service users spanning all ages and with a variety of needs.

  • Attachment disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Children transferring to secondary school
  • Complex needs
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties in wellbeing
  • Family dysfunction
  • Learning disabilities
  • Looked after children
  • Medical disorders
  • Mental health needs – for more information on mental health needs click here
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Older adults – for more information on older adults click here
  • People with dementia
  • Physical disabilities
  • Selective mutism
  • Sensory impairment
  • Special needs
  • Speech and language difficulties
  • Substance misuse
  • Victims of abuse
  • Young carers

Who we work with

Our Annual Reports are available to view on the Charity Commission website, to read our latest report click here

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We are a passionate team of fully qualified dramatherapists with varying backgrounds and interests.

You can find out more about the work of Roundabout’s Trustees see here

Team Members

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Thérèse Mullaghan

Thérèse Mullaghan

Thérèse is a freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist having studied at The University of Roehampton graduating in 2023.

Thérèse is currently working across several primary and secondary education settings from mainstream to PRU’s for both Roundabout and Tangled Feet.

Combining previous experience in general hospitals as well psychiatric and forensic hospitals and a fervent passion for the arts Thérèse works in a manner that is holistic, creative and client centred.

She shares, ‘being alongside children and young people as they explore their story and identity through different creative methods is a privilege beyond words.’

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Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Sarah is a freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist and BADth member. She completed her Masters training at Roehampton University, graduating in 2023.

Sarah has worked in a variety of settings across London and the south including NHS acute psychiatric care, primary and secondary schools, care homes, and community centres facilitating group sessions and working one to one.

Alongside her work with Roundabout, Sarah currently works with older adults exploring bereavement, grief work and loss.

Sarahs other interests involve matresence, and the new identity of parents as they become a family.

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Georgina Rose Hanson

Georgina Rose Hanson

Georgina is an HCPC registered Drama and Movement Therapist. She completed her training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 2023.

Prior to this, she worked in a specialist autistic hub in an SEN school, which informs much of her practice.

She is extremely passionate about making Dramatherapy client-led, accessible and empowering for all.

Her BA in Musical Threatre from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts also weaves into her creativity as a practitioner.

Alongside her work with Roundabout, Georgina is additionally working with young people who have been affected by Domestic Abuse.

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James Mear

James Mear

James is a freelance HCPC and BADth registered Dramatherapist who completed his Masters in Drama and Movement therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2023.

He has worked in various primary and secondary educational settings across London, and also greatly values his experience working with adults at MIND and an addiction aftercare programme in South-East London.

He began his working life as an actor and musician before his career shifted into the therapeutic world. Yet, his creative background continues to infuse his clinical practice.

James also works part-time aiding to embed a holistic therapeutic structure within educational systems as part of the Oasis Nurture project in Waterloo, London.

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Alistair Hoyle

Alistair Hoyle

Alistair (Ali) is a HCPC and BADth registered freelance Dramatherapist and Actor (East 15 Acting School) completing his MA Drama and Movement Therapy at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2023.

He has experience working with adults in acute psychiatric settings for the NHS as well as children with autism and profound & multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) in educational settings.

Prior to training as a therapist Ali worked extensively as a facilitator with children of all ages in mainstream and SEND schools across London often focusing on immersive storytelling and exploring the worlds of Shakespeare.

Alongside his work with Roundabout, he will be working as a Dramatherapist in a secondary PMLD school.

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Jill McAusland

Jill McAusland

Jill is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist, having gained her Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2022.

Having previously worked as an actor, Jill is now incredibly passionate about using her experience in the creative arts within a therapeutic context.

Jill has a particular interest in working with clients with experience of social exclusion. She has experience working with adults with experience of addiction and the criminal justice system and with children with SEND and social, emotional and mental health needs.

She currently works part-time as the Psychological Therapist in a school for children with autism and challenging behaviour, alongside her work at Roundabout.

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Naomi Hutchinson

Naomi Hutchinson

I completed my Drama and Movement Therapy Masters at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2020.

Since then I have been working as a Dramatherapist in Special Educational Needs settings and for a charity that supports adults and young people who have additional needs.

I started with Roundabout in January 2023 and am continuing to work as a therapist in the areas I am passionate about.

I really enjoy that working as a Dramatherapist, I get lots of opportunities to play and work creatively as a way to explore the worlds of others.

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Vanessa Reid

Vanessa Reid

BSc (Hons) Psychology, HCPC registered Dramatherapist with a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from The Royal School of Speech and Drama.

Worked within different settings, as part of a multidisciplinary team within the community and education. Specialism is youth justice and challenging families.

Runs a small private practice with London and client groups are children and adults. Also, will be completing the CAST course in December 2022.

In her spare time, she can be found performing traditional types of bodywork and therapeutic massage. Also researching new bio-hacking methods for well-being and mental attunement.

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Josh Erlick

Josh Erlick

HCPC registered Dramatherapist with a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, joined Roundabout in 2022.

Josh has experience with performance, movement and illustration allowing him to incorporate a variety of creative therapeutic mediums in his practice.

He has worked with many different client groups including children with low self esteem and anxiety, the NHS for people living with dementia and also adults with mental health difficulties.

He considers himself a very caring, playful and compassionate individual with a passion for mindfulness and well-being. His work is adaptable and client centered and therefore can meet people in the therapy space with what they arrive with.

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Roya Dooman

Roya Dooman

Roya has worked as a Dramatherapist for over 35 years, having trained at St Albans, Hertfordshire in 1987. She has a background in working with looked after children with special needs including Autism, for Social Care and in schools
Having supported teachers at Special schools in North Africa and worked as a part lecturer in the UK, Roya is interested in training and development for all staff.

Roya has a special interest in complex grief and later trained as an EMDR therapist. She is interested how certain groups in society face dislocation and further trauma by the systems that are supposed to support them.

She presently has a private practice where she sees adults, adolescents and families and offer supervision to Individuals and Teams.

Roya would like to support Roundabout in their drive to recruit diverse members of the Trustee board.

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Sohail Al-Mahri

Sohail Al-Mahri

HCPC registered Dramatherapist with a MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from The Royal School of Speech and Drama and joined Roundabout in 2022.

Sohail’s previous training as an actor allows him to specialise in role-play, embodiment, storytelling and improvisation in a therapeutic context.

He has been fortunate enough to work with many different client groups from SEN and private schools to dementia wards for the NHS.

He considers himself very open to the possibility of working with any client that should want to enter the therapeutic space alongside him.

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Brendan Lucia

Brendan Lucia

HCPC and BADth registered freelance Dramatherapist. MA Drama and Movement Therapy Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduated 2021.

Brendan currently works as a Dramatherapist in educational settings with primary age children who present a range of emotional needs, particularly bereavement and trauma.

He also works with adults in various mental health contexts including those dealing with depression, anxiety and addiction- Brendan has experience offering remote therapy.

Additionally, he works as a storyteller in care homes, online and in nature.

Brendan joined Roundabout in Spring 2022 and will be working with children, including those with ASD.

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George Fanzio

George Fanzio

MA Drama and Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama (2021). Freelance HCPC registered dramatherapist.

George (he/they) joined Roundabout in Spring 2022, working in educational settings with young persons experiencing a variety of emotional challenges.

His former experience as a theatre practitioner and humanitarian clown enabled them to work in a multitude of settings, from maximum security prisons in Italy, to refugee settlements in Lebanon, to migrant reception centres in Greece and France, to retirement homes and schools across the UK.

As a mental health practitioner, their work has focussed mainly on young persons with ASD, ADHD and PMLD, adults struggling with substance use, LGBTQ youth and migrant and refugee young persons and adolescents experiencing emotional difficulties.

George is also currently working as an oral storyteller in different settings – including in retirement homes, online and in the wilderness – and as a clown and play facilitator in temporary accommodations hosting war evacuees in London.

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Nikita Constant

Nikita Constant

HCPC, BADth, BAATN registered Dramatherapist. MA Drama and Movement Therapy Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Nikita holds a level three in British Sign Language and has many years of support work experience with children and adults with various disabilities, particularly those with ASD and some with mental health difficulties.

Nikita joined Roundabout in 2021 and will be working therapeutically with young children in educational settings. In addition to this she will be working as a practitioner with teenagers struggling to manage their mental health.

Ellen Taylor

Ellen Taylor

BSc (Hons) Drama & Psychology, MA Dramatherapy (Roehampton), CAST trained clinical supervisor.

Ellen has extensive experience of working with adults, children & young people with learning disabilities and autism.

She joined Roundabout in 2021 and will be working with children in educational settings.

As of September 2021 she will also work in an NHS CAMHS team working with children and young people in care.

Beverley Wilson Blunt

Beverley Wilson Blunt

Dramatherapist and practitioner (HCPC and BADTH registered) MA Dramatherapy at Roehampton University (2020).

Trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School (1995) and gained a BA first class Hons in performance from Arts Educational Schools (2008). Has a long history of working creatively.

Currently working in a mainstream primary school with children who have emotional and behavioural issues and ADHD. Also works in adult mental health and has experience with forensics, older adults with dementia and bereavement.

She is also currently offering therapeutic support to adults and families impacted by Covid and food poverty.

Adam Atlasi

Adam Atlasi

Freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist, currently working with Children and Young People with Autism.

He is also a CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner within the NHS.

Adam graduated with an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019.

Additionally, Adam has experience working therapeutically with Refugee communities and older adults with Dementia.

Sarah Malin

Sarah Malin

Freelance dramatherapist, registered with the HCPC. Graduated in 2020 from Central’s Movement and Drama Therapy MA.

Starting work with Roundabout in September 2020, working in schools

Also have experience working in forensic psychiatric units and in a children’s psychiatric unit.

Will be starting training in systemic family therapy at the end of 2020.
Previous work largely as an actor and director.

Laura Pringle

Laura Pringle

Freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist.

MA Dramatherapy (University of Roehampton, 2019). BA (Hons) Drama (University of Exeter, 2012).

Laura joined Roundabout in December 2019 and is currently working with children in mainstream primary education and with young people with learning disabilities and autism in special secondary education.

Laura also has experience working with adults with learning disabilities and autism, young carers and in adolescent mental health. Before qualifying as a Dramatherapist Laura had a background in mainstream primary education, specialising in SEND and working with children with a wide range of social, emotional and behavioural needs.

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

MA Drama an Movement Therapy at Central School of Speech and Drama. Freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist.

Currently working in bereavement therapy and in mainstream primary schools with children who have emotional and behavioural issues.

Also has experience working as a Dramatherapist in a mental health day centre, a psychiatric hospital, a centre for street homeless and in a hospital for older adults in mental health and dementia.

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Chris Buckingham

Chris Buckingham

MA Dramatherapy Roehampton University, 2013

Freelance dramatherapist

Chris has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in NHS and educational settings.

He is currently working in primary schools, with children experiencing emotional and behavioural issues.

Toby Cooper

Toby Cooper

Freelance dramatherapist.

I graduated from Roehampton University’s MA Dramatherapy course in 2012 and have been working with Roundabout Dramatherapy since 2013. I currently work in schools for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

I have a particular interest in working with Autism and the parents of young people with Autism. When not working as a dramatherapist I enjoy long distance running on tracks and trails.

Jo Spencer

Jo Spencer

BA (Hons), MA. Freelance Dramatherapist and CAST trained clinical supervisor.

Working with adults with learning disabilities and children with special needs and in pre-school.

Alicia Harris

Alicia Harris

BA (Hons), PG dip, MA. Currently working with children in primary schools settings.

As well as working with young people and teenagers in organisations specialising in ASD.

Judy Elias

Judy Elias

Freelance Dramatherapist with Roundabout since 2002.

Trained at Roehampton, qualified in 2001. Special area of interest (and currently working) with older adults in residential care, including Holocaust survivors and people with dementia.

Qualified supervisor. Also works as a Tribunal Panel member for HMCTS. Musician and singer.

Stephanie Coombes

Stephanie Coombes

BA (Hons), MA in Drama and Movement Therapy from Central.

Freelance, HCPC, Registered Dramatherapist, working with Roundabout since 2007. CAST trained Clinical Supervisor.

I work in both educational and health care settings as a Dramatherapist. My specialist areas of interest include eating disorders, trauma and ASD.

Lina Ib

Lina Ib

MA Sesame Drama and Movement Therapy. Freelance Dramatherapist.

I work in education and with people with learning disabilities. I also have experience of working with children and young people with ASD and Aspergers as well as children and women affected by Domestic Violence.

Stavroula Demetriou

Stavroula Demetriou

Freelance dramatherapist starting with Roundabout in 2017. Qualified in 1995 from Sesame/Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

I lived and worked in Cyprus and Greece from 2000 – 2016 woking in the fields of mental health, addiction, personal development, learning disabilities and some school work. I completed the CAST supervision training in 2008.

Since being back in England, I have a private therapy and supervision practice as well as being a placement supervisor for students at Central and an Associate lecturer on the MA Dramatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University.

Jeannie Lewis

Jeannie Lewis

BA (Hons) Drama, MA Roehampton, PGCE, Creative Arts Supervisor. Freelance dramatherapist.

I have worked with Roundabout since 2007. Currently I work with children with physical disability and complex medical needs and at a mainstream primary school.

I have experience of working in mainstream and special schools with children and young adults. I have a special interest in working with children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions.

Jane Jackson

Jane Jackson

Freelance Dramatherapist. PgDip/MA in Dramatherapy (Roehampton 2001 and 2009). Working with Roundabout since 2002.

Current work with Roundabout includes working with older people (physically frail, sensory impaired and/or those with dementia) and adults with learning disabilities.

Clinical Supervisor – Advanced Certificate (Creative Arts Supervision Training 2005). Also experience in the field of autism.

Bronwen Lord

Bronwen Lord

Bronwen was a civil servant for over 30 years until her retirement in January 2011. She spent most of her career in the Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government working across a variety of different policy areas, latterly in programme managing community empowerment and housing work streams. She has a lifelong interest in drama and storytelling which is one of the reasons she was delighted to become a Roundabout trustee. She has been a trustee since early 2008.

Jane Barron

Jane Barron

Jane comes to Roundabout as an experienced fundraiser specialising in Special Events.

She has spent many years working with major donors and celebrity supporters and is currently the Head of Stewardship and Special Events at The Terrence Higgins Trust, overseeing the introduction of an organisation-wide stewardship strategy to nurture the motivation and commitment of high-net-worth donors, corporate supporters, Patrons, celebrity supporters and VIPs.

With a keen personal interest in arts and drama Jane was proud to join Roundabout as a Trustee in 2018.

Rodger Winn

Rodger Winn

Rodger is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in Transactional Analysis and qualified in 2008. He is also a HCPC registered dramatherapist and BADth and Sesame Institute registered supervisor. He qualified as a dramatherapist in 1987 and has extensive experience of working with groups and individuals in a variety of therapeutic settings. He has worked as a tutor and group dramatherapist on the Sesame/Central dramatherapy training and is currently working as group dramatherapist for Roehampton, Sesame and Derby dramatherapy students.
As well as working for many years as a dramatherapist in the NHS in a mental health setting Rodger has a private practice in South London seeing clients for individual dramatherapy, psychotherapy and individual and group supervision. He is a tutor on the Creative Arts Supervision Training (CAST) and Chair of the Sesame Supervisor’s Forum.
Rodger worked for Roundabout in the late 1980’s and is currently Chairperson.

David Taylor

David Taylor

David is General Counsel and a Board member at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the public body which protects the 11 million members of UK defined benefit pension schemes. A lawyer by training, his current responsibilities at the PPF include strategy, legal and operational elements. Having followed the activities of Roundabout for many years, David was delighted to join the board of trustees in 2015.

Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley has worked in the IT industry for over 35 years. He became a trustee with Roundabout in 1996 and held the post of Chairperson for two years until 2000. He is currently working with Roundabout, auditing IT security to strengthen the defence against cyber threats.

Rachel Livingstone

Rachel Livingstone

Fundraiser & Website Administrator

Rebecca Lacey

Rebecca Lacey

Administrator.
I have worked with Roundabout since 1996. I am mainly responsible for evaluation and fundraising.

Hazel Plastow

Hazel Plastow

Responsible for the day to day finance & administration work.

BHumanities (Hons) (Roehampton, 1982), Diploma in Information Management (Brighton, 1997), Diploma in Therapeutic use of the Arts (IATE, 2012), Qualified Spiritual Director (Canterbury, 2013). MA Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy  (Terapia 2023).

I have worked in the health, education and voluntary sectors, with a focus on equality & diversity. I joined Roundabout in 2014 as Finance & Office Administrator to support the smooth running of the organisation behind the scenes.

Lynn Cedar

Lynn Cedar

L.R.A.M., MA,member of The British Association for Dramatherapists (BADth), Co-Founder and Co-C.E.O of Roundabout since 1985.

I trained as a dramatherapist with Sesame/Central(1984) and completed my top up research MA also at Sesame/Central (2003). 
I co-manage the Charity and currently work in a Special Academy for pupils aged 7-18 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs.  In particular the school caters for students with Moderate Learning Difficulties and those with a diagnosis of ASD.  I also work with older adults with varying needs. I have a wide range of experience working with other groups, including recovering drug and alcohol users and adults with mental health difficulties.

I qualified as a supervisor at the Maudsley Professional Centre (1996) and am part of the team which founded and runs the Creative Arts Supervision Training, C.A.S.T.

Deborah Haythorne

Deborah Haythorne

MA, BA(Hons), BADth member. Co-Founder and Co-Project Director of Roundabout, founded in 1985.

I trained as a dramatherapist with the Sesame/Royal Central School of Speech and Drama course (graduated 1984) and completed my top up research MA at Roehampton University (1996).

I am Co-CEO of Roundabout. I have extensive dramatherapy experience with many different service user groups. I currently work with children in schools, and maintain my interest in dramatherapy practice with adults with a learning disability and with adults with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health issues. I have contributed to a number of publications and most recently co-edited ‘Dramatherapy and Autism’ published by Routledge 2016. I have a special interest in dramatherapy practice with people on the autistic spectrum.

I am a supervisor for dramatherapy training courses and teach on the Creative Arts Supervision Training, as well as having a private supervision practice.

Greg Sturges

Greg Sturges

BH (Hons) Drama, Sesame trained dramatherapist, CAST trained Clinical Supervisor.

I have worked with Roundabout since 1998. Currently working with elderly and with children with mild learning disability.

Previously worked in secondary mainstream schools, as well as with mental health, autism, and multiple physical and learning disability client groups.

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon

MA Drama and Movement Therapy, BA Hons Drama.

Freelance Dramatherapist currently working with Primary and Secondary school children with profound and multiple educational and medical needs.

Adrian Benbow

Adrian Benbow

Free-lance dramatherapist.  Studied Central school of speech and drama, Sesame Course – Graduated 1995.

Started with Roundabout 1997.
Current Roundabout work: Mainstream junior school, learning disability adults, men with challenging behaviour.

Additional training: Creative Arts Supervision Training Course 2003. Contributed 2 chapters to Dramatherapy and Autism, published by Routledge.

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Sònia Barrachina

Sònia Barrachina

Children and Young People’s Co-ordinator
Dramatherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Freelance HCPC registered Dramatherapist. My academic background was a BA in Primary Education and MA in Educational Pedagogy (University of Girona).

MA in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in March 2005. Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision at the London Centre for Psychodrama in August 2016.

I have returned to Roundabout in March 2017, after having previously worked in the Autumn of 2005. I am currently working with children with behavioural and emotional difficulties in mainstream primary schools. I also have experience working as a dramatherapist with Elderly, Adults with moderate to profound Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs, Young carers, Children with PMLD and Children with Autism.

My special area of interest and expertise is in the use of Storytelling with clients with PMLD (Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities).

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Catherine Gibson

Catherine Gibson

MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University, 2013. BA Drama & Film, Postgraduate Diploma in Acting (Arts Educational).

Freelance HCPC registered dramatherapist. I started working for Roundabout in January 2015 and currently work with adults with autism, children with emotional and behavioural issues, and older adults with dementia.

In 2014, I worked in Kenya for a charity with children who had been sexually abused and children who had been living on the street.