Ryan Campinho Valadas

Arts Therapist (Drama), London, UK
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Art Therapy
  • Addiction
  • LGBTQI
£40 /Session

My Approach

Hello! My name is Ryan and I am a therapist with a qualification in Dramatherapy.

I conduct therapeutic interventions through the prism of metaphors, inner narratives, and creativity, as well as using talking therapy to facilitate self-reflection and insights.

I hav...

Hello! My name is Ryan and I am a therapist with a qualification in Dramatherapy.

I conduct therapeutic interventions through the prism of metaphors, inner narratives, and creativity, as well as using talking therapy to facilitate self-reflection and insights.

I have worked with many individuals in the past, and have seen how helpful my approach can be.

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

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

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

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

  • For everyone, I have helped 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 9 years.

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

I grew up in Portugal, near Lisbon, and have lived in Washington DC, New York, Glasgow, and in London for the past 9 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 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. 

As a gay man, I experienced early life with an acute sense of difference and not belonging, which sent 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

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

 

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