Dramatherapy and Mental Health Articles
She rises from the flames, 
Shaking off the ashes of her past.
Her wings begin to beat,
Her voice returns,
A song of courage fills the air
and bravely she takes flight.
Away from the flames,
Towards the future,
Into the light
Nicky Morris, 2018



Dramatherapy encourages individuals to express themselves without fear or shame. It is a unique form of therapy, inspired by all aspects of theatre, drama and the creative arts. It is therefore highly adaptable and can benefit a wide array of people, including children, adolescents and adults, both male and female, from different cultures and with varying degrees of emotional, mental and physical abilities.


Who Am I ?


I am Nicky Morris, an HCPC registered Dramatherapist      living in the UK and a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)    . I have worked as a Dramatherapist, primarily in adult mental health, since graduating from Surrey University, Roehampton, in 2005. I remain passionate about my work and enjoy supporting my colleagues and providing educational workshops for students. 


I also love to write and I'm a published author, with two articles in BADth's Journal, which you can download for free via this website. In 2018, Routledge (Taylor & Francis) published my first book: Dramatherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Empowering and Nurturing People through Creativity      and in 2020, Pavilion Publishing and Media published my second book: Find Your Way: A Story and Drama Resource for Mental Wellbeing in Young People    

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust 

In November 2020, I was appointed Senior Mental Health Practitioner in the MHST - a Mental Health Support Team for SEN/SEMH/ Schools across Hertfordshire and West Essex: The MHST supports children and young people, parents/carers and staff, in line with the Whole School Approach. It's an early intervention service, with an MDT (multi-disciplinary team) consisting of 2 Senior Mental Health Practitioners, 4 Educational Mental Health Practitioners, an Assistant Psychologist, Clinical Lead, Team Lead, Administrator and Positive Behaviour Analyst.



I began working for Cygnet Health Care in 2006, providing music-focused Dramatherapy sessions on a tier 4 secure ward for women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). In 2009, I began to facilitate Dramatherapy groups  on another tier 4 secure ward for women with BPD and in a secure rehabilitation unit for women diagnosed with mood disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. I later added art and writing focused Dramatherapy groups and therapeutic music sessions. In 2018, my work extended into a specialist eating disorder ward and continued across the three units until November 2020.



Here are 3 original songs, written and recorded with several of my patients. During therapeutic music sessions, group song-writing can be a unique and uplifting experience.                     




For eight years, I worked for BEH-MHT NHS, primarily with older adults experiencing a range of both functional and organic mental health problems. Sadly, I left my post in 2013. 


Before training to be a Dramatherapist, I worked as a professional actress and musician, performing in small theatres across the country and in Europe.  Playing the role of Anne Frank and providing a voiceover for her in the documentary The Short Life of Anne Frank, was a highlight of this time.  Writing songs and poems, singing, playing the piano and ukulele, plus playing team sports, are the many activities I continue to enjoy.

Contact me at niccym25@hotmail.com