Sophia Condaris

Course Leader, MA Dramatherapy

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Dramatherapy

Courses taught: Dramatherapy

Sophia has expertise in the application of the therapeutic use of the dramatic medium with a variety of client groups and in differing contexts. Sophia has also been training therapists for over a decade.

Email: sophia.condaris@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Sophia is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Dramatherapist and a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. She has worked in many clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, day centres, secure units, prisons, residential homes, therapeutic communities and schools. Her current clinical role is in the NHS working with children and their families. She also has close connections with South Africa where she undertakes therapeutic arts and performance projects with vulnerable communities affected by poverty and violence and was a formally a performer in a therapeutic playback company. Sophia trains both dramatherapists and psychotherapists and is a registered clinical supervisor.

Research interests

  • The use of traditional stories and narrative in Dramatherapy and Applied Theatre for therapeutic purposes
  • Facilitating attachment relationships in families through play and storytelling
  • Diversity and non- discriminatory practise

Sophia is interested in how human beings make sense of their experiences and create meaning through stories. She has used traditional stories for many years in therapeutic work and has seen first-hand how stories can provide a vehicle through which to understand life events and emotional states and contribute to psychic restoration.

Her particular area of expertise is in working with families and is particularly interested in how drama can assist families in improving attachment relationships.

As a South African of Greek heritage Sophia is deeply concerned with issues related to Diversity and the impact of these on the therapeutic relationship.

Teaching

Sophia currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Music Therapy and Dramatherapy multi-disciplinary theoretical studies
  • Dramatherapy practical and clinical skills
  • Clinical Placements and Experiential Development 1 and 2
  • Postgraduate Therapies Major Project

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Drama and Movement Therapy, Central School of Speech and Drama
  • MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
  • Certificate in Supervision, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
  • Diploma in Dramatic Art, Pretoria Technikon, South Africa

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • British Association of Dramatherapists