Hello, my name is Rachael Butler and I'm a Dramatherapist working primarily in the field of education and special needs.

Rachael Butler
What is it?

What is dramatherapy and how does it work?

"It is a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling, dramatisation and the performance arts have a central position within the therapeutic relationship."
The Health and Care Professions Council.

Dramatherapy is a creative and expressive form of psychotherapy which uses a multitude of creative means to explore feelings, issues and experiences. Dramatherapy can be both verbal and non-verbal as it uses a variety of art forms to explore difficult feelings indirectly and where necessary, without words. It can support those whose difficult or traumatic experiences may be preventing them from moving forwards in their lives by providing them with opportunities to explore these experiences and feelings safely using the creative arts with the intention of enabling lasting positive change, no matter how small.

You do not need previous drama experience or a love of theatre to benefit from dramatherapy and there is no 'acting' in a dramatherapy session. Clients may actually find dramatherapy less threatening or intimidating than other forms of therapy as they are encouraged and supported to explore their feelings indirectly through the arts. Dramatherapy uses distancing techniques which allows the client to safely access their emotional world.

Every dramatherapy session is unique and is lead by the client at their own pace.

A dramatherapy session may include:

• Movement

• Story work

• Storytelling

• Role play

• Play

• Projective play with small objects/Sand tray

• Music 

• Artwork 

• Masks

• Puppets

• Text/lyrics

"The children loved their Dramatherapy sessions with Rachael. She was very professional at all times and was sensitive and responsive to the particular needs of each child. Her written reports were thorough and showed great insight, giving a detailed and accurate portrait of each child. It was a pleasure to work with her.

(SENCO, Merton Borough Primary School)

Dramatherapy for children and young people

How does it work?

My work is always client-focused and I work with the interests and needs of each individual; I also keep in close contact with parents and carers where this is appropriate, as this ensures the child has full support throughout the therapeutic process. 

The sessions feature a variety of creative methods which enable the child to explore any difficult feelings and experiences through drama, stories and play in a safe and often indirect way. (See 'What is it?)

I offer both individual and family sessions for children and young people in Gran Canaria. Prices start from 50€ for a session and can take place in my home studio outside San Mateo, in a suitable room within the family home, or in the school environment upon negotiation with the school, (travel may cost extra depending on location). Email me to discuss your specific requirements.

My services include:

• Client assessments
• Individual and family sessions (60 minutes)
• Written client reports
• Regular contact with parents/carers

Who is it for?

Dramatherapy is for anyone and although I have worked across a range of client groups, I have found it to be especially effective with children. Some of the children it could help may be experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

• Behaviour - Anger issues, bullying, self harm, aggression

• Emotional Issues -Low self-esteem, trauma, loss or bereavement, attachment issues, looked after children

• Social Skills - Empathy, speaking/listening skills, friendships, turn-taking

• Learning Difficulties - Mild - profound, Autistic Spectrum disorders

• Mental Health Issues - Depression, eating disorders, anxiety

Quality, not quantity

We have made quality our habit. It’s not something that we just strive for – we live by this principle every day.


Single-Session Therapy

I now offer single-session therapy for adult clients who wish to address a specific emotional problem or issue that they may feel has been holding them back. 

Single-session therapy is an intentional meeting between client and therapist, where both parties believe that help can be achieved in one single session, known as a 'single-session mindset', but that further sessions are available where necessary.

Around the world the most common number of therapy sessions that a client attends is one, with 70-80% of clients feeling satisfied with that session given their current circumstances. 

Single sessions last up to 1.5hrs and take place in my home studio, which is located just outside of San Mateo. In the week before the session I prepare clients with a short phonecall to help them get the most from their session and so they know what to expect. I always follow up with my clients a few weeks later, at a time that has been agreed by the client in their session, to discuss how things have been for the client since we met.

What are the aims of Single-Session Therapy?

• To help the client get 'unstuck' and move forwards in their life

• To enable the client to move forwards themselves, without further professional help

• To help the client address a specific problem/issue

• To offer the client a safe and supportive space in which to explore a particular issue

• To support the client in realising a solution to their problem and giving them the opportunity 'to practise' this in the session


If you feel that single-session therapy could be for you, or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with me to discuss your requirements. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Always playing, always creating. I’ve had a great time making these little piggy pals in my spare time! Which one is your favourite? #pigs #handmade #handmadewithlove #clothdoll #becreative #alwayscreating #alwaysplaying #dramatherapist #myrelaxation
What are you creating this Friday? I think it’s amazing what you can make from one of the most ordinary of household items! This little bear came to me last night as I lay wide awake after my son woke me up! I wanted to jump up and make him straight away but I waited until morning! #teatowel  #teatowelart #teddybear #clothdoll #imagination #creativity #neversleeps #alwaysplaying #alwayscreating #dramatherapy #dramatherapist #creativearts #creativeartstherapy
I just love this quote by Albert Einstein and I feel so lucky that in my work I am able to help young people be creative, even when they sometimes don’t know how. We might think all children are naturally creative, love to play and make, but often those children who’ve suffered trauma and experienced difficulties in their lives really struggle to tap into their imaginations and be creative. Dramatherapy can help them to feel safe and supported to play again, and start to tell the stories they need to hear to move forwards. #dramatherapy #dramatherapist #creativearts #creativity #therapy #childrenstherapy #childrensmentalhealthweek #mentalhealth #becreative
I love sewing, it is my own personal therapy. It relaxes me and takes away all other thoughts, a meditative activity where I lose all track of time. I used to teach some of my young clients how to sew and loved to watch their faces relax, as they concentrated on this new skill, forgetting all worries for a short time as we sat in silence together, witnessing the creation of something new. #sewingtherapy #sewing #sewtogether #learningtosew #clothdoll #dollmakersofinstagram #dollsofinstagram #poppyseed #poppies #poppydoll #grancanaria #laslagunetas #dramatherapy #dramatherapist
I though the rainbow was supposed to come after the storm, in this case it was the opposite, beautiful rainbows all morning and then home to a storm battering our home and flooding inside the cave rooms! Got to take the rough with the smooth!
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Get in touch


Apartado postal 33, 35320, Vega de San Mateo. Las palmas de Gran Canaria



+44 7757553370