What is Trauma?


Trauma is widely understood as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. However, what is considered distressing or disturbing will be different for each person. If you have experienced any situation or event that has made you feel physically or emotionally threatened or unsafe, and you are finding it too difficult to cope, then this is considered trauma.

At YTherapy, I work with adults affected by childhood and relational trauma. YTherapy provides support for trauma in Angel & Islington, London.

This type of trauma may be a single overwhelming event or experience (e.g. assault from a stranger, witnessing violence or death, experiencing a sudden bereavement).

This type of trauma may also be historical and complex. People who experience childhood and relational trauma will have likely experienced a number of overwhelming events or repeated experiences over a substantial period of time (e.g. neglect, betrayal, abuse, violence). The earlier the exposure (as an infant, child or adolescent), the greater the impact trauma can have on one’s brain development, mental health, physical health and ability to form trust and healthy relationships.

How does Dramatherapy help with trauma recovery?

Dramatherapy is creative and holistic in its approach to trauma recovery. This type of therapy focuses on:

Your mind and body

Trauma affects the mind and body, and symptoms related to anxiety, depression and stress can manifest itself both mentally and physically. If you have experienced repeated trauma in your childhood and in your relationships, it can have a great impact on your brain, mental health and physical health. Dramatherapy engages with the different parts of the brain and body affected by trauma and this is achieved by working verbally and non-verbally (visually / kinaesthetically), and directly and indirectly (symbolically / metaphorically).

Your past, present and future

We can work on a deeper level by getting to the heart of the issue and think about how your past connects to you in the here and now. Working in this way can help you gain clarity about who you are today and inspire hope in the future.

Your relationships with people

Dramatherapy can help you look at your past relationships and consider how you relate to different people in your everyday environment (e.g. family, friends, colleagues and the greater community).

The ‘good’ and the ‘bad’

People tend to seek therapy with the intention of only looking at or getting rid of the ‘bad’ stuff. However, it is also important to develop your positive, healthy and creative side. This creative form of therapy can help you build your inner strength and inner resilience.

What you know and don’t know

Therapy is a collaboration between the client and the therapist. You may come to therapy with some pieces of the puzzle, and by working together overtime, you can begin to better understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours which may not be in your immediate awareness.

What can I expect from working with you?


Your safety is paramount in therapy.

You will have a safe and confidential space where you can share as much or as little as you feel comfortable.


Building trust is key to help you feel safe in your sessions.

You will be respected for your choices in what you share, how you share, how much you share and when you share.


Developing your inner strength and inner resilience is essential in trauma therapy.

You will always have a choice and your voice will be heard.


This is not a “one-size fits all” approach. There are many ways to work with trauma and many ways to work with you!

You will be treated as a whole person and not defined by your condition, problem or situation.

Support for those affected by trauma in Angel and Islington London


YTherapy is a private Dramatherapy & Counselling service for adults in Central London.

Jamie Y W Kelly is an HCPC registered Dramatherapist (Registration No. AS13780).

Jamie specialises in working 1-to-1 with adults who are affected by childhood and relational trauma.


Neals Yard Remedies
295 Upper Street,
London, N1 2TU

City Road Therapy
335 City Road
London, EC1V 1LJ

Nearest Stations

Angel and Highbury & Islington

Business Hours

Monday to Friday (8am-6pm)

AM & PM times are available by appointment only

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