Kate Kalvinos

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tel: +351 912 041 021
mail: hello@katekalvinos.com

Locations in Portugal

What is Dramatherapy?

The Health and Care Professions Council state that ‘Dramatherapy is a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling, dramatisation, improvisation and the performance arts have a central position within the therapeutic relationship’. Dramatherapy allows for creative expression of thoughts and feelings which can sometimes be difficult to understand or articulate. Dramatherapists are masters-level mental health professionals who work with the unconscious by supporting their clients to safely explore their possibilities and potential. Dramatherapy is non-judgemental, non-directive and non-interpretive, meaning that the process is highly personal and no session is alike because each individual is unique. Sessions can involve the use of metaphors, stories, objects, images, embodiment, role-play and much more - Sometimes by distancing ourselves from what is consuming us, these difficulties can be easier to look at, work through and reflect upon, ultimately leading to healing, change and a greater understanding and acceptance of the self.

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Who is Dramatherapy for?

The short answer is anyone! You do not have to consider yourself ‘creative’ to be able to benefit from the process of dramatherapy as it can help a wide range of people with differing needs, from children with emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties to adults with acute mental illness, personality disorders or dementia. And every issue in between including expat challenges, family difficulties, body image, LGBTAIQ+ issues, processing trauma and struggling with stress and anxiety. It is also useful for people wanting a deeper level of self-enquiry, gaining insight into their behaviours, experiences and attitudes in order to discover meaning and direction.

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About Me

I am a UK qualified and HCPC Registered Dramatherapist with over ten years’ experience of working creatively with children, young people and adults across the globe. Originally from a small Greek island but having grown up in England, my professional life has been mainly based in London, however my passion for travel has allowed me to live and work within various cultural communities, including South East Asia and Aboriginal Australia (and now Lisbon!). Experiencing such diversity has widened my understanding and appreciation for the individuality and uniqueness of every human being. I believe that creative expression can empower people in the process of their own development and healing.

I have worked as a Dramatherapist with both children and adults, providing sessions in schools, the community, psychiatric wards, and now online. My work is client-led, meaning that what happens in a session depends on the specific issues each individual brings and we will work together to find the most appropriate approach. A combination of my theoretical psychological understanding along with my experience in healing through creative-arts, forms an integrative therapy-style. At the heart of my practice is an awareness that the therapeutic relationship is paramount to aid healing and change.

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Online Dramatherapy

Whilst not originally designed for the virtual space, Dramatherapy (like most things now) has moved online! Individual Online Dramatherapy is available for young people (aged 13+) and adults needing remote mental health support. Whether you’re shielding, minimising physical interaction, located in a different area or country, or perhaps don’t want or aren’t able to access in-person therapy, then Online Dramatherapy offers a unique opportunity to creatively contain and explore your personal issues and feelings. We'll use technology to aid the therapeutic process and create new ways of connecting, communicating and expressing whilst sill honouring the core values of Dramatherapy.

Online Dramatherapy is held via Zoom and suitable for individuals struggling with personal issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, family difficulties, life changes, loneliness, grief, or general self-enquiry and wellbeing.

To see if Online Dramatherapy can help you, just email hello@katekalvinos.com to book a free 20 minute consultation.

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In-Person Individual 50 minute session: €40 (held at Little Yoga Space, Rua da Assunção 42, 1100-044 Lisboa, Baixa)

Online Individual 45 minute session: €25

Free 20 minute initial online consultation

Sliding-scale available on request for those experiencing financial difficulty.

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Online Creative Connections

Online therapeutic group workshops to awaken your unconscious and connect with your authentic self through creative expression. Through a variety of expressive arts modalities, including movement, play, visualisation and artwork, offered in a non-directive or judgemental way, these experiential workshops are an opportunity for self-expression and self-exploration within a safe and contained structure.

Materials needed

No previous artistic experience is necessary!

Next Creative Connections Workshops

A Balancing Act

With so many demands pulling us in different directions and trying to knock us off course, it can often feel challenging to remain calm and centred. In this workshop we will creatively explore what it means to feel balanced and grounded, and discover what you need to regain a sense of harmony within in order to apply that to your daily life.

Date/Time: Saturday 15th August 10:30-12:30 (UTC+1)

Price: Sliding scale from €10 to €30. You pay what you can afford, no questions asked.

Registration: hello@katekalvinos.com

These workshops take place on Zoom. You will receive the link once you have registered and made payment.

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