Becky

Becky Finlay Hall is Olive Branch Arts resident HCPC registered drama & movement therapist.

I trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and gained my MA in Sesame Dramatherapy in March 2012. Since then I have worked in a number of different settings including mainstream Primary & Secondary Schools, private hospitals and residential care homes. I have also freelanced for a number of charities. Alongside this work I run private groups & 1-1’s in North London.

What is Dramatherapy?

Simply put creativity is healing. Dramatherapy uses Mythology, Story making, Art, Music, Dance & Creative Expression to explore feelings. A degree of talking & self reflection make up the session but the unique offering of this style of therapy is its ability to move out of the spoken word into a creative language, a language we all possess even if forgotten or hidden.

The materials I bring will be in relationship to the issues, feelings & energy of the previous sessions.

“In many shamanic societies if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”

Who is it for?

Anyone who has ever moved, heard a story, told a story, hummed or made sound.

It’s for everybody.

SCHOOLS & YOUTH SETTINGS

If you’re a school or youth setting & would like to organise a block of group Dramatherapy or make a 1-1 referral please contact me directly. I work with all kinds of issues including self-harm, anxiety, pressure, anger, confidence, bereavement, and risky behaviour. Young people respond remarkably well to Dramatherapy and group work can be very powerful.

I am happy to visit you to discuss the 1-1 or group therapy referral process.

I have an Enhanced DBS and I’m a member of the Health Professional Council HCPC.

Contact me at becky@olivebranch-arts.com

RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES

I currently run groups for a chain of private care homes across North London and am happy to extend my work to more care homes. If you are a manager or activities organiser and would like to find out more about drama and movement therapy for your residents please contact me directly at becky@olivebranch-arts.com

Dramatherapy & Elders

Having a space to exercise the body, mind & spirit is of vital importance to the wellbeing and health of our elders. Dramatherapy allows a group to explore and connect with the outside world (which is currently diminishing) through storytelling and mythology.

I work with groups that range from mild to severe dementia and others that include elders who have more physical needs. I can work with verbal or non-verbal groups and each session offers a regular exercise and sing-along. Every week a different theme is explored through a story and feelings and memories are shared.

The importance of the therapy space is to allow any deep-rooted issues or current fears to be expressed. We don’t push these feelings down but creatively engage with them allowing elders (who may not in their words want to ‘burden’ family and friends) to express them selves in a safe non-judgmental space.

“The residents at Spring Grove Care Home get a huge amount out of the dramatherapy that we have here each week. The sessions provide a private space for the residents to share in stories and discussions, giving access for deeper feelings, thoughts and memories to surface. With the guidance and expertise of the therapist, residents might experience recognition, completion or celebration and allows for recollections of their lives to be heard and shared in a very meaningful way.” Vivienne – Activities Organiser, Spring Dene Care Home

PRIVATE CLINIC

Private groups and individual 1-1 therapy currently run in Muswell Hill & Crouch End in North London.

Group Dramatherapy

I will be running 2 groups a week from September 2015 and each group runs for a total of 10 sessions. To ensure we establish & maintain group trust, you must commit to the entire block. I run three blocks a year and they will always be different, so if after 10 sessions you want to continue in a group setting you can enrol onto the next block.

A group consists of between 4 to 8 people ensuring there is enough time for all participants to be seen & heard. There is a mixed adult group & a group for 13-16 year olds. New groups will emerge when the need arises, so if you’re interested in participating in a particular group dynamic, please do let me know.

Before joining a group you will be invited to an individual 50-minute consultation. To book your initial consultation and book onto the next available course, please contact me directly at becky@olivebranch-arts.com.

Timetable

September 2015: Dramatherapy Group for 13-16 year olds; Mixed Adult Group

Sessions begin the week starting 14th September & end the week beginning 23rd November. There are no sessions during the half-term October 26th & 27th.

Fees

50-minute Consultation: Full Price £45; Student/Low income £35;
10-Session Block: Full Price £250; Student/Low income £200.

I have an Enhanced DBS and I’m a member of the Health Professional Council HCPC.

ONE-TO-ONE

If you are seeking 1-1 Dramatherapy and would like to meet for a consultation please contact me directly at becky@olivebranch-arts.com.

This initial consultation is in person so we can explore your needs & I can offer an insight into Drama & Movement Therapy. It also gives us an opportunity to get a sense of each other, this style of therapy & to establish our working relationship.

50-minute Consultation: Full Price £45; Student/Low income £35;
60-minute Session: Full Price £55; Student/Low income £45;
24 hours’ Cancellation Notice is needed.

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