Stephanie Coombes: BA Hons, MA (Distinction), HCPC Reg. AS05714
Steph qualified in Drama and Movement Therapy (MA) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in February 2005. She completed an advanced certificate in Creative Arts Supervision (CAST) in 2015. She has taken courses in mindfulness and coaching to support her practice as an Arts Therapist and Supervisor.
Since qualifying, Steph has worked consistently as a Dramatherapist in education and in mental health. Her primary work has been with children, young people and staff in mainstream primary and secondary schools and in special needs educational settings; both as a freelancer and an employee. This includes working with children / young people experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties and / or living with ASD, ADHD and severe to moderate learning disabilities.
In 2007, Steph co-delivered a poster presentation at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (Ecarte) Conference based on her work with dual diagnosis clients, entitled ‘Holding the opposites in dual diagnosis’. She is currently a professional steering group member of the first feasibility study in Dramatherapy for children with autism, with a focus on anxiety reduction.
Since 2015 Steph has supervised students (individually and in groups) whilst training for their MA Dramatherapy qualification through the RCSSD and Roehampton trainings. She also runs a private supervision practice from her home office in Twickenham for trainee and qualified Dramatherapists and has supervised teaching staff at a Primary School, on site, as part of her private practice.
Steph taught as a visiting lecturer on the Preparation for Professional Practice module on the MA Dramatherapy training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2017. With Jessie, she has facilitated reflective practice groups for staff in education focusing on working together / communication and work vs. life balance.
Steph became a member of the British Association of Dramatherapist (BADTh) in 2002. She is currently Co-Chair, with Jessie Ellinor, of the Creative Arts Supervision Forum, which organises CPD days for qualified supervisors.