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Dramatherapy in Education Service for the North West

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Emma Dawes

Service Founder & Lead Dramatherapist

Emma is an experienced and qualified Dramatherapist (MA Sesame) who has been working with children and young people for over 12 years. She is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people, and of building resilience in every individual. She has been employed in various mainstream primary and secondary, and special schools and has an excellent working knowledge of the education system. Emma is also a qualified clinical supervisor (CAST) and provides supervision for educational staff as well as healthcare professionals. Emma also works in private practice for children and adults with a wide range of issues. Emma currently also works for the Young Person's Advisory Service (YPAS) in Liverpool as a Dramatherapist.

You can read more about Emma on her website

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Louise Croombs


Louise had a background in professional theatre before completing her MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and qualifying as a dramatherapist. She is from Manchester originally but started her dramatherapy practice in Berkshire. She has worked with children and adults in a range of settings including mainstream and special education. Louise completed the CAST supervision training programme and is a qualified clinical supervisor. She moved back to Manchester and now provides group and one-to-one dramatherapy to schools in Tameside.

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Andrea Edwards

Integrative Psychotherapist

Based in Greater Manchester Andrea is an enthusiastic,a self-motivated, client focused integrative psychotherapist with proven experience of over 6 years working successfully with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. She has an ability to establish speedy client rapport and an excellent reputation of having a firm commitment for producing high quality work within a limited time frame. She is experienced in delivering one to one counselling sessions to children, adolescents and adults; incorporating various skills from different modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred and psychodynamic. Andrea is also very creative within her approach. She is a firm believer in tailoring therapy to fit a client's needs rather than to fit a client into a specific approach. She is experienced and passionate about working with vulnerable client groups such as those struggling with mental health difficulties, offenders, those at risk of becoming offenders, learning and behavioural difficulties etc. Currently she works in special schools and mainstream schools. She is a member of the BACP ethical board for counselling and psychotherapy and is working towards obtaining accreditation with them. She has a deep interest in Neuroscience, trauma and attachment.

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Sarinrat ( Jear) Thomas

Dramatherapist / Psychotherapist / Counsellor

Jear is a qualified dramatherapist (PgDip Dramatherapy) and has an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Her career has spanned 18 years working with children, adolescents, and adults in both clinical and non-clinical settings, as well as through her own private practice. She has worked in a range of settings including prisons, schools, universities, hospitals, and mental health clinics. She is also a workshop facilitator and trainer, using applied drama and dramatherapy, for personal and organizational development workshops. She is originally from Thailand, but now lives in England.

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