Hello, and welcome! My name is Theo Kostidakis and I am a dramatherapist and shadow puppeteer, based in London.
I hold an MA Drama and Movement Therapy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), and have undertaken additional training in Systemic Psychotherapy and Counselling. I am registered with the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council), and am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).
Common difficulties that I work with include trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem, ADHD, autism, family difficulties, mental health conditions, bereavement, dementia, PTSD, and stress.
As a therapist, I have worked extensively with adults and children of all ages, offering group and individual sessions. To date, my therapeutic experience in working with children includes: those excluded – or at risk of being excluded – from mainstream education (in both Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) settings); students with additional needs (SEN) and offering culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed therapy to young asylum seekers and refugees. My additional experience includes co-facilitating dramatherapy sessions at a mental health hospital, and at a specialist school for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).
I learnt the art of Shadow Theatre (Greek traditional shadow puppetry, known as Karaghiozis) as a child. I continue to explore and develop this art-form through performances and artistic projects. I have worked extensively as a drama teacher, performer, facilitator and dramatherapist with socially-excluded children; children and adolescents in mainstream and special education; and with refugees and people seeking asylum in Greece, Cyprus and the UK.
I have presented my work at several conferences, organised by institutions such as the British Association of Dramatherapists, the University of South Wales, and the European Consortium of Arts Therapies. I continue to deliver training, lectures and workshops to trainee therapists, colleagues and other professionals. I have contributed to an edited collection on dramatherapy and have contributed as a peer reviewer to Dramatherapy, the professional journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists.