Dan SkiliDrama therapy psychotherapist
Hi, I'm Dan
I’m a registered Creative Psychotherapist who works extensively with talking therapy. I have over 22 years experience working with individuals, groups and young people. I offer my therapy service online and face to face at my practice in London Bridge ,as well as walk & talk therapy in Southwark Park. Despite my extensive experience as a therapist I like keeping my fees affordable for at least a larger part of the population.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation online
I am also here to support you in finding out who you are and what you want. I believe that as an individual in this world you have the right to feel comfortable and confident about who you are - and what makes you, you!
How I work:
Creative Arts Psychotherapy has its roots in Jungian psychology which starts by recognising the potential in each individual and working toward allowing the person to develop themselves fully. Jungian therapy frequently involves looking at the way that past experiences have affected the individual and the way they continue to prevent us from living fulfilled lives; in other words, Jungian therapy is about ‘removing obstacles’.
Difficulties such as depression or anxiety may result partly from a lack of development of other elements of the personality, such as assertiveness or the willingness to take risks and engage with life; this will, in turn, usually be related to the person’s life experience and family history. Sometimes the issues relate to past or recent trauma or loss, such as sexual or emotional abuse, bereavement, torture, forced emigration or accident, as well as issues related to retirement, divorce, ageing and redundancy.
Alternatively the issues may be about becoming able to ‘be oneself’, where the person can begin to take risks being themselves in a safe environment – issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, shame and social phobia come in here. Issues with relationships, or the difficulty forming relationships, are also particularly issues I address.. As Jung said, every individual is unique and each therapy will be unique to that individual and that therapist.
Exploring your issues can take time and you won’t cover it all in a single session. In accordance with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), brief therapy or short-term therapy can be a maximum of six to 12 sessions for example, so I recommend that clients book four sessions with me to start with, and we then jointly review the sessions and your progress after each four sessions.
I offer online therapy as well as walk and talk and face to face therapy at my venue in London Bridge.
First brave steps in therapy:
Attending therapy for the first time may be a difficult step for you because of possible feelings of stigma around mental health, being seen as weak or unable to cope, feelings that there is something wrong with you or just not knowing what to expect; I am here to dispel these worries. I believe attending therapy is all about your well-being, self exploration and self development as well as learning new strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with difficult and complex events in your life.
I believe that no techniques or approaches will ever work without a strong client-therapist connection. I see each person as a unique being and I work in a holistic way - I work with people rather than 'problems' and I am passionate about facilitating clients to work through issues and improve their lives. Dan
London Bridge Therapy Rooms 89a Long Ln, London Greater London London SE1 4PH
Dear Client, Besides my practice at the Hop Exchange next to Borough Market in London Bridge, I also practice online on Zoom - and also down the road from Borough Market in actual 'Borough' (behind Guy's Hospital) which is 5 minutes walk from London Bridg
24 Southwark St, London SE1 1TY
Standing adjacent to the renowned Borough Market, The Hop Exchange is a striking and versatile venue - very central and practically a stone’s throw from London Bridge mainline and underground stations. A confidential, comfortable, safe and quiet therapy s
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION ONLINE - please write to me about this via this platform or via my email address.
FACE TO FACE (LONDON BRIDGE VENUE) - ONLINE - WALK AND TALK
50 minute individual sessions £70 per session, when booked as a bundle of 4 sessions.
clinical supervision: £60 per 50 minute session when booked as a bundle of 4 sessions.
couple's therapy offered together and seperate.
individual clinical supervision for professionals and trainee's
student/traniee sessions greatly discounted.
Training and qualifications
- I graduated as a Dramatherapist from the Sesame Dramatherapy course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000 and have over 22 years extensive experience working with children, young people and adults in various settings. I am employed by the London Borough of Sutton as a Dramatherapist for the Sutton Clinical Health Team for People with Learning Disabilities and have worked there 10 years. Here, as the placement manager, I also supervise Dramatherapy Roehampton University students ongoing.
- I am a registered Clinical Supervisor and offer supervision to all professionals who work in the health and caring professions which could be counsellors, therapists, nurses, doctors, teachers, social workers or care workers.
- I teach Introduction to Dramatherapy at the established City Literary Institute in Covent Garden throughout the year. I previously worked at ‘Studio Upstairs’ - the arts community with a therapeutic concern for 8 years, where I facilitated the Psycho-therapeutic Performance Group in a mental health setting, as well as also supervising students and volunteers.
- I worked extensively with women and men who experience domestic abuse, in the London Borough of Greenwich for ‘Tryangle Project 2011’, where Augusto Boal’s Psych-Educational Forum Theatre (Theatre of the Opressed) is at the heart of the work.
- I regularly facilitate and make use of Forum Theatre, Playback Theatre and Gabriel Roth‘s Five Rhythms, as a part of my Dramatherapy practice; as well as the more traditional ways of working in Dramatherapy, offering our clients talking therapy as well as the option to get out of their chair, in order to in a 3D manner, explore relevant issues through the art form of role-play, drama, movement, voice, story-telling, story-enactment, improvisation, puppetry, drumming, the playing of instruments, drawing and making music - all in relation to what the client is comfortable with.
Over the years I have very much enjoyed worked closely with other Councillors, Music Therapists, Art Therapists and Dance/Movement Psychotherapists – where I have felt that sharing ways of working with other disciplines, yet related disciplines, and being inspired by them, is not only useful but an essential way of developing one’s own clinical practice.