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
• experiencing mental health challenges
• feeling anxious
• struggling with communicating
• feeling isolated
• having problems with peers
• experiencing family difficulties
• suffering from depression
• trying to overcome trauma
• encountering difficulties at school
• having behavioural problems
• facing a bereavement or loss
• enduring low self-esteem
• engaging in self-destructive behaviour
• struggling to self-regulate


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.

Sessions in schools every week

Who we work with

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

• mental health needs
• learning disabilities
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• Asperger’s Syndrome
• complex needs
• physical disabilities
• sensory impairment
• victims of abuse
• emotional and behavioural problems
• special needs
• speech and language difficulties
• ADHD
• Attachment Disorder
• medical disorders
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• selective mutism
We work with:
• children transferring to secondary school
• Looked After Children
• older adults
• frail older adults
• people with dementia
We also work with:
• bereavement
• Young Carers
• substance misuse
• family dysfunction

To see our Annual Report on the Charity Commission website, click here

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

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.

Amber Tibbits

Amber Tibbits

Dramatherapist. Graduated from Roehampton, 2016.

Started with Roundabout March 2017. Currently working in primary schools working with children with autism.

Also has experience in adult mental health, forensics, adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and learning disabilities.

Tim Goldman

Tim Goldman

Dramatherapist working in schools and Adult Mental Health Day Centre. Expertise with Adults with learning difficulties and with young people.

Studied at Central School of Speech and Drama..graduated 2013. Started at roundabout in 2013.

Other experience in storytelling and singing with young people. Qualifications: MA, PGCE, Acting Dip.

Chris Buckingham

Chris Buckingham

MA Dramatherapy (Roehampton university) Diploma in Acting (Oxford School of Drama). Employed Dramatherapist.

Currently working with children and young people with learning difficulties and ASD in SEN schools and children with emotional/behavioural difficulties in mainstream primary schools.

Xavier Fontenille

Xavier Fontenille

Xavier trained as an actor at Drama Studio London 2001, and subsequently completed MA Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in 2013.

He began working for Roundabout that same year. Currently, Xavier is working with children who are on the Autistic Spectrum, as well as those who have Emotional/Behavioural Issues, and those who have ADHD.

Autism has become a particular interest for him. He has pursued this through further training with the Caldwell Foundation, learning the techniques of Intensive Interaction. Xavier has also completed Level 2 training in Sherborne Developmental Movement.

Other client groups with whom he has worked include adults with depression and anxiety, adults with Learning Disabilities, and children with Severe Learning Disabilities.

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.

Samuel Lewis

Samuel Lewis

MA Dramatherapy (Roehampton University). Trained actor (East 15 Acting School) BA. Freelance HCPC Registered dramatherapist.

I have worked with adults with learning disabilities, adolescents in Mental Health and children with social and communication difficulties.

Currently working with children with autism.

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

Freelance Dramatherapist. I studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated with a distinction in February 2005. I started work for Roundabout back in January 2007 and have been working with children in education ever since.

I currently work one day a week in a mainstream primary school. Children who are referred to dramatherapy may have (diagnosed or undiagnosed) special educational needs and / or be experiencing a range of social and emotional difficulties. They may have experienced trauma and / or be on a Child Protection plan.

I am a trained Creative Arts Supervisor with an interest in using playback theatre and other creative methods in my supervision practice.

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.

Roulla Demetriou

Roulla 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.

Brenna Baker

Brenna Baker

Freelance Dramatherapist. BA hons, MA. Brenna trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, qualifying as a Drama and Movement Therapist in 2013.

Joining Roundabout in 2017 Brenna is currently working in SEN schools with young people on the autism spectrum.

Her experience as a therapist ranges from working with toddlers to the elderly; within nurseries, mainstream education, special education, bereavement charities, psychiatric and forensic psychiatric settings.

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.

Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Alison had a background in teaching before training as a drama and movement therapist in 1989 at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has worked with a variety of client groups, specialising with children and young people who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. In 2004 she jointly set up and now co runs a children’s bereavement service within the NHS, providing dramatherapy for children who have life limiting conditions and their siblings. Alison was delighted to join the Roundabout Management committee in 2001 and was the Chairperson for a number of years.

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 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 students from RED Academy in London and Rachel Livingstone to develop a new website for Roundabout.

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).

Currently training to become a Child Psychotherapist with Terapia.

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.

Susan Crockford

Susan Crockford

Roundabout North London Co-ordinator

I trained as a dramatherapist in Hertfordshire qualifying in 1991. I have been working for Roundabout since 1995, starting off as a freelance dramatherapist and currently running the North London office, setting up and overseeing the work here. I have extensive dramatherapy experience with many different client groups and I currently work with older people, adults with a learning disability and with adults with a dual diagnosis of learning disability and mental health. I completed the CAST course in 2002 and I am a supervisor for Roundabout as well as having a private supervision practice.

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.

Lucy Joy

Lucy Joy

MA Dramatherapy (Roehampton University), Trained Actor (The Poor School), BA (Hons) Sociology (Kingston University).

Freelance HCPC, registered dramatherapist. Currently working with children with behavioural and emotional difficulties in mainstream primary schools.

Also working with adolescents in alternative provision colleges, adults with learning disabilities and adolescents with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

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.

Sònia Barrachina

Sònia Barrachina

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).

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.