Personal development through the use of creative arts
Personal development through the use of creative arts
Drama and Movement Therapy is an expressive form of psychotherapy where the creative arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship in order to communicate and explore feelings and issues.
All Creative Arts Therapists are Master level clinicians who use a diverse range of psychological approaches to work with clients and always focus on psycho-emotional development of the individual and never the aesthetic quality of the art product.
Karin uses a broad range of creative stimuli in her approach: to communicate and express, to relate to others, and to release inner thoughts and feelings. To encourage expression, Drama and Movement Therapy uses various art forms such as stories, role-play, art, instruments, sounds, games, objects, play and movement. Through this indirect and non-interpretative way of working, people can find different ways of expressing themselves, where they might otherwise find speaking difficult. Clients develop and grow through self-awareness, interaction with others, and self-exploration.
Drama and Movement Therapy is non-confrontational using a client-centred approach.
Anyone, anywhere, at any stage in their life, can benefit from Drama and Movement Therapy!
Clients have a choice whether or not they want to come to the sessions. Therapists always work with the client through empathy, supporting, listening and observing.
In a therapy session, the therapist may:
encourage and explore different types of movement through images, improvisation, music and/or instruments.
bring stories and encourage role-play to explore feelings around individual themes.
use various objects for example, puppets, toys and materials to encourage expression and explore feelings.
employ art materials to assist with self-reflection and self-exploration.
Karin is originally from Sweden but has lived the majority of her life abroad. She grew up around the world and then spent 15 years in London, completing a Masters and Post Graduate Diploma in Drama and Movement Therapy at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2004. She also has a BA in Theatre Arts and Social Psychology.
She is a dedicated Drama and Movement Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience working with various client groups in England, Thailand, Singapore and Sweden.
Karin specialises in working with children and adolescents with various support needs and this has been the main focus throughout her career. She also has a lot of experience working with adults. Projects are typically run by Karin but she also collaborates with other project leaders, therapists and facilitators. She strongly believes in the connection between mind, body and spirit and is continuously developing personally and professionally using a holistic approach. She has a great interest in nutrition and mindfulness and will often integrate these principles into her work. She believes her role as a therapist is to create a supportive, safe, encouraging and nourishing relationship and creative space that allows client to recognise their own ability to heal and develop themselves.
Karin has worked with a broad range of client groups:
People with mental health issues, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, ADD, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties
People with sensory, physical and/or learning disabilities
People in search of personal development
Children with learning difficulties
Children living in foster care
Children and teens that have been victims of bullying, have low self-esteem and low confidence
Images taken from two Drama and Movement Therapy workshops that Karin facilitated for university students and professionals and another one for underprivileged children in Ho Chi Minh City in August 2019. This was in collaboration with The Wintercearig Project, a project whose focus is in raising Mental Health Awareness in Vietnam through Contemporary Arts, and the Dieu Nguoc Gio Project - a voluntary project aimed at more than 30 children from 6-15 years of age, with difficult living conditions in the Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
- Adrienne De Geer, Social Entrepreneur and Creative mindset Coach, Vietnam
“The session with Karin gave me a true lesson for life and I gained new insights about how we as human beings can reconnect the mind and body through Arts! I am confident that Dramatherapy will be an important tool in the journey to raise awareness and battle the stigma about mental illness in Vietnam.”
- Thao, Vietnam
"The workshop led by Karin amazed me by how she made the participants be open up their senses, feelings and emotion to each other. I really felt the connection between us even though that was the first time we met. Sincerely thanks to Karin for sharing us how to combine all kinds of art for the participant to choose the best suitable one for them."
- Thanh, Vietnam
"I just want to say thank you to Karin. Thanks for inspiring me, for your positivity, creativity and understanding. It's not easy for people who living with mental illness! She was helping me and everybody at the workshop to understand our self, our feelings through to Dramatherapy. Such an amazing way, I've never seen something like that before.”
- Tricia Nguyen Thanh Trang, Founder of The Wintercearig Project, Vietnam
“Thank you so much for being a part of this project. It meant so much to me and to all of us who are involved, especially to the participants. It was an experience of a life time. Opening up the possibility of how the arts can help us to explore and express ourselves.”
Karin runs both group and one-to-one sessions in the Bukit Timah area at:
Balanced Living, near Sixth Avenue MRT
Coloured Canvas, near Stevens MRT
Sessions run for about 1 hour and for a minimum recommended 5 week programme. She also offers consultancy work for schools, businesses and other organisations.
S$180 for 1 session
S$810 for 5 sessions (10% discount)
S$1530 for 10 sessions (15% discount)
S$80 per participant per session