Dr Charla Givans

PhD, MA, PGDip, BA (Hons), HCPC-UK Registered Dramatherapist, RDT-USA Registered Drama Therapist, Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and North American Drama Therapy Association

Charla is an HCPC-Registered Dramatherapist with 16 years experience working with children, young people, and adults. She offers a holistic, integrative approach that considers the relationship between self, body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Charla currently works in an in-patient CAMHS service that has been given ‘Excellent’ accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and awarded a rating of  ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. She also works in primary schools offering therapy for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Charla trained with the Sesame Institute at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, where, for seven years, she was a Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Placement Supervisor. Charla went on to complete her PhD in Dramatherapy, also at Royal Central. In addition, Charla has an MA in Renaissance Drama from Warwick University, and a BA (Hons) in English Literature, Psychology, and Theatre from Augusta University, USA. Charla is also a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) in the USA, where she is originally from.

Charla brings an exceptional level of sensitivity, openness, and authenticity to her work. She understands and works therapeutically with the influence of cultural roots, ‘home’, sense of self, and adapting to different cultures and landscapes. She is interested in the lived experiences of her clients and feels that she is there to help people rediscover and remember their true selves, and to empower clients of all ages to find their way through difficulties. The therapy is client-led and relational which means that Charla is present to what is unfolding for an individual and creates and contains a space for each person to engage in a way that is meaningful for them.

Dramatherapy tends toward the root cause of an issue and invites the potential for greater self-awareness and confidence; it is an effective intervention when talking is too difficult or when words feel inadequate, lost, or not available for whatever reason. The focus is not on ‘performing’ or ‘doing’ but on finding meaningful and creative ways to explore problems. Sessions might include stories, embodiment, movement, stillness, talking, and working with objects.

Issues/Problems of Specialisation

Charla has various areas of expertise including,

  • Depression
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Autism
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Loss & Longing
  • Feelings of Hopelessness
  • Feelings of Unconnectedness
  • Life Crisis

Charla works in 50-minute sessions

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