Mike Chase is a Psychodramatist with many years experience in the theatre using masks and therapeutic interventions. He has been developing and leading courses in mask making and their use including the archetypal Hero’s Journey at the Glasshouse in Stourbridge for 10 years incorporating psychodrama and anthroposophy. He also runs a private practice.
Dawn Miller –is a state registered Dramatherapist, experience in mental Health and behavioural problems. She is working in and around the South West with her own private practice and is a Senior Tutor on the Roehampton MA in Dramatherapy. Dawn has a particular interest in the work of Joseph Campbell, and has trained with Paul Rebilot who pioneered the ritual theatre approach to The Hero’s Journey’. Dawn was the winner of the ICG National Careers Award for the category ‘Initiatives Focussing on Social Inclusion’.
Melanie Beer has been practicing as a Dramatherapist for over 10 years. Registered with HCPC, she is trained in the Sesame Approach to Drama and Movement Therapy. She has worked in many different settings including health care, education, the third sector and private practice.
She has specialized in working with adult’s with acute and complex mental health problems in secure services. In this setting she developed a trauma informed approach to her work, integrating trauma, attachment and gestalt theory with her practice as a dramatherapist.
Melanie also works within an Adult Learning Disabilities Service in the NHS in Wales. Within this setting, she currently co-runs a Dramatherapy group and has recently written a book chapter with her co-therapist on the integration of the Sesame approach with Gestalt psychotherapy. In it, they explore how the group offers an antidote to the cultural shame experienced by those who are labelled as ‘disabled’.
Melanie is a qualified clinical supervisor and holds a private supervision practice, working with arts therapists, counsellors and health care professionals. She is interested in finding creative ways to explore the issues brought to supervision by her supervisees. Melanie provides individual clinical supervision, group supervision and reflective practice.
She is also part of the Creative Therapies Collective; a not for profit organization offering affordable creative arts therapies within South Wales.
Melanie is a founding member of the Golden Thread Playback Theatre Company where she gets to combine her love of play, movement, storytelling and performance, spontaneously bringing to life stories that are told by audience members.
Based in Cardiff, Melanie is an active part of the arts therapies community within Wales and sits on the Dramatherapy Wales Committee.