My name is Jamie Kelly and I am an HCPC registered Dramatherapist.
I have many years of experience working in the field of mental health, addictions, learning disabilities, autism, trauma and abuse.
I have worked across both NHS and charity sectors in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, prisons, specialist psychotherapy clinics and in other community settings (e.g. day centres, nursing homes).
In addition to my clinical experience, I have worked as a trainer and provided training and consultancy to professionals in education, healthcare, social care and criminal justice systems.
I have my own Professional Indemnity Insurance and hold a cleared Enhanced DBS certificate.
About My Approach
I am passionate about recovery and am guided by the belief that we all have within ourselves the ability to change, grow and flourish to our full potential when in a safe, non-judgemental and creative environment.
I am quite flexible and adaptable in my approach and will work according to your needs. Overall, I work in a humanistic, holistic, creative and eclectic way, and I am guided by these approaches:
Person-Centred – I will show you empathy and unconditional positive regard, support you to find your own voice and answers, follow your lead in the sessions (and not tell you what to think or what to do).
Psychodynamic – I will help you gain a better understanding of your thoughts and behaviours which may not be in your immediate awareness. We can work on a deeper level by getting to the heart of the issue, and think about how your past connects to you in the here and now.
Humanistic – I will see you as a whole person and not judge you based on your condition, problem or situation. I will support you to develop all aspects of yourself (spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, physical and creative) so that you may build on your inner strengths and resources, and be able to heal and fully grow.
I can help you address the following:
- Identity Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Workplace Stress
- Change and Transitions
- Loss and Bereavement
Although I am able to offer more traditional forms of talk therapy, people may also find it helpful to work creatively and sessions can be tailored to include both talk and creative therapy.
My training in Drama and Movement Therapy means that I am able to incorporate all elements of drama, theatre, body and movement. In the sessions, we may work with art, images, objects, stories, role play, improvisation, writing, music and movement.
My belief is that working creatively can help adults connect with all aspects of themselves and heal the child from within. In the creative process, unspoken issues can be voiced safely and their resolutions can be found all within the art form. Working experientially in this way can be very powerful.
Creative therapy is not just for children and young people. I have worked creatively with both men and women who have experienced debilitating mental health issues and those with longstanding histories of addiction, trauma and abuse. Working therapeutically by using a creative medium can provide another layer of safety, protection and distancing when it may feel too raw to speak directly about the issues and emotions that cause you the most pain and hurt.
To read more about how I work and to understand how clients have benefitted from working with me, please see the case studies here:
Training and qualifications
- Master of Arts
Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame)
Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London (London, UK)
- Bachelor of Education
Pre-Service Teacher Training Programme
University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Drama in Education
University of Windsor (Windsor, Canada)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registered Arts Therapist (Dramatherapist)
Registration No. AS13780
- The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
I offer 1-to-1 therapeutic services that are flexible and affordable. The fees listed here are guidelines. I also have a limited number of reduced rate sessions for students and people on low income / benefits.
I am happy to speak to you on the phone for 30 minutes for free. You will have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have about therapy and the way I work.
Speaking to me before committing to anything will give you a chance to:
- ask any questions related to your own personal circumstance
- ask any questions about therapy, my approach and the way I work (talk therapy / creative therapy)
- establish whether my current availability works with your timetable for the initial consultation and therapy sessions
You can arrange your telephone appointment by visiting my scheduling page:
The fee for the initial consultation is £50 / £60 for 50 minutes. In this assessment meeting, I will ask you to share a little bit more about yourself and your reasons for seeking therapy. We will explore through talking and, if you would like, we can also use a creative medium as part of the initial consultation to discuss:
- the main issues that bring you to seek therapy
- what you expect from a therapist
- what you hope to achieve
We will discuss whether short-term counselling or long-term therapy will work best for you. We will also have the chance to speak about the contract, fees and payment terms. It is important that you are given all the necessary information to help you make your decision about therapy.
The venue for the initial consultation may take place at the same or different venue from the sessions.
The fee is £50 / £60 per 50 minute session. Once we have agreed to work together, we will meet face-to-face on a weekly basis on the same day, time and place. Some people prefer to use the sessions to talk whereas others will benefit from working creatively. Most people tend to find it helpful to be flexible and sessions can incorporate a little bit of both.
Note: Fees are based on location. £50 if attending appointments at City Road Therapy (EC1V 1LJ) and £60 if attending appointments at Neal's Yard Remedies (N1 2TU).