Ryan Campinho Valadas

- Dramatherapist, London, UK
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Art Therapy
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQI
£45 /Session

My Approach

Just like every person is different, so is every Dramatherapist. Some focus more on the body, others more on the mind, some prefer a very theatrical approach, others a more cognitive and rational approach. I would say that I'm cognitively inclined, which means that I use quite a lot of ...

Just like every person is different, so is every Dramatherapist. Some focus more on the body, others more on the mind, some prefer a very theatrical approach, others a more cognitive and rational approach. I would say that I'm cognitively inclined, which means that I use quite a lot of talking therapy, and I'm also equally inclined towards emotions and creativity. 

In terms of actual techniques and exercises, my approach consists of creating stories, characters, dialogues, monologues, drawing, painting, and then reflecting on these creations, in order to reach insights and find practical solutions to daily life. 

Through the years, I've also become aware of the different strengths and potential I possess, depending on the people I have worked with:

  • For women, I have been very helpful in the healing of their relationships with men, specifically and collectively;

  • For gay men, I have been very helpful in matters of emotional intimacy, managing shame, and self-compassion;

  • For people in recovery from addiction, I have been very helpful in helping to manage their day-to-day, finding balance between joy and responsibility;

  • For people living with HIV, I have been very helpful in re-framing identities, labels, and emotional wounds;

  • For everyone, I have been very helpful in making them feel that they matter, they are loved, they are listened to, that they have a voice, and that they are not alone.

For a clearer insight on my approach, please see this post: https://ryancvaladas.com/current-reflexion/asessionwithryan

 

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About Ryan

I grew up in Portugal, near Lisbon, and have lived in Washington DC, New York, Glasgow, and in London for the past almost 8 years.

Curiosity and imagination were staples of my childhood experience and I always felt interested in how people functioned: their thoughts, their feeling...

I grew up in Portugal, near Lisbon, and have lived in Washington DC, New York, Glasgow, and in London for the past almost 8 years.

Curiosity and imagination were staples of my childhood experience and I always felt interested in how people functioned: their thoughts, their feelings, their motivations, the why’s and the how’s of their actions.

I was, and still am, deeply sensitive and intuitive about people around me, and people of all ages always came to me for advice, or always found themselves telling me their innermost thoughts and feelings without any prompts. Whilst many factors have influenced my sense of self, one of the most significant was having the awareness that I was gay from a very young age. 

This led me to experience early life with an acute sense of difference and not belonging, therefore sending me on a quest to figure out why that was, and where I could find acceptance, validation, and love. On that quest, I also encountered confusion, stigma, trauma, and escapism. 

Looking back, all the experiences I have lived through and survived have not only given me the insight and empathy, but the ability to stand strong alongside others who are going through their darkest moments. I am rarely shocked by people's experiences, because I deeply understand self-destruction, trauma, and hopelessness. 

My therapeutic delivery and focus are not just based on traits that I was trained for, but also on life experiences: they are not just professional, they include personal and meaningful experiences, and instances of emotional and spiritual healing and transformation.

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Education

  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC): registered Arts Therapist, modality - Dramatherapy
  • The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth): full member
  • MA in Dramatherapy: University of Roehampton
  • MA Hons in Theatre Studies and Politics: University of Glasgow

 

Experience

  • School Project Manager: Clinical Management and Supervision - Place2Be
  • Visiting Lecturer: Dramatherapy & Addiction; Dramatherapy & LGBTQI Wellbeing - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Guest Editor: Dramatherapy Journal - Sage Publishing, UK
  • Dramatherapist: Sexual Health/HIV and LGBTQ+ Wellbeing - Living Well
  • Dramatherapist: Addiction and Substance Misuse - Turning Point