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Emma Rasalingam
Drama and Arts Psychotherapist

Emma Rasalingam

Since 2018, Emma Rasalingam has been the drama and arts psychotherapist at Priory Hospital Ticehurst, working on the high dependency unit and then psychiatrist intensive care unit (PICU) with adolescents and at our private adult unit and now at our day clinic. Emma uses drama, painting, puppets, sand-tray, movement and music to enhance creativity and narrative and to develop expression of self. She works with children, adolescents and adults and facilitates groups and one-to-one sessions.  Emma has extensive experience working in schools, psychiatric settings and private hospitals, as well as wellbeing centres.

Working with the unconscious through a more playful approach compared to traditional ‘talking therapies’ can help the client to be more at ease.

Creative psychotherapy uses the language of symbol and metaphor to address issues in a ‘one removed’ way and helps people think, feel and express themselves in a less guarded way.


  • MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
  • Emma was a teacher for several years before training in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and then specialising as a Sesame Dramatherapist over fifteen years ago.

Drama therapy is nothing to do with being 'good' at acting. It uses the medium of stories, drama and play to explore truths and feelings that help us all have a deeper understanding of ourselves.

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  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
  • MA in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
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