As a scenographer come dramatherapist, I use scenographic tools, theories and practices in my dramatherapy space.
As a scenographer, my work has always been designed around the found object, the repurposed, the recycled and the up-cycled and I have always had an inclination towards the use of natural elements in my work.
My research into the impact of scenography and space in a dramatherapy setting led me to rethinking how space, that which we live in and among, can also be used to address the difficulties faces by humanity with the growing global environmental and climate crisis. And so was born the neologism "therapeutic scenography" or "psychoscenography".
Therapeutic Scenography can be defined as: the understanding of the effect of scenography on the psychology and behaviour of individuals and groups (Sweeney, E, 2020).
I run enquiry into the therapeutic environment. I believe that human beings are special species in that they have the ability to create the suitable conditions for themselves in varying environmental conditions. As Winston Churchill was quoted as saying "we shape our buildings and afterwards they shape us". Or as Levine (2011) puts it "He (man) creates the world, and thereby creates himself".
I am passionate about seeing a change in people's relationship to the natural environment, moving from anthropocentric to eco-centric or nature-centric. I am also passionate about helping people to find their place, and their space, in this world. I draw reference from ecopsychology, psychoanalysis, deep ecology, earth and nature based ecological arts therapies, environmental arts pedagogy, ecological consciousness, to assess the role of art therapy in the current environmental crisis.
Delving deeper and discovering more about ecoscenography (Beer, 2015), biophilic design and, re-examining my artistic and professional practice as a clinician, I have been able to create a new model of dramatherapy that has scenography and ecoscenography at the heart of the philosophy.
There is much research around the benefits of nature and mental health, so this model of dramatherapy is
a nice marriage of the two.
Nature, Ecology, Scenography and Drama in a therapeutic setting.
I am PhD Candidate in this area of enquiry.
Children - Adults - Women
Women in the pre and post natal period and the creations
can be taken into the birthing or nursery space after the therapeutic work is complete.
Refugees, displaced persons and others seeking to heal from the loss of one space and the arrival in another.
Children : child protection, trauma, loss, behavioural difficulties, sleep disturbances, harrassement or bullying at school and home, anxiety, fear, emotional disturbances or difficulties, difficulties with limits.
Adolescents + Adults: all profiles