Rosie Bufton (She/Her) MA DipPTSD
So I was raised in Wales, in the old industrial South Wales Valley. My playground was The Pit, which was the rubble and ruins from a 1960s colliery disaster. That land was full of sadness and loss, the ground was blackened, the river rust-filled, but what it taught me was how life can find a way through. The Pit is now a thriving nature reserve.
At a young age, during a challenging time, I stumbled into a drama group. At that tender age the drama group was a salvation, it was an escape. I could BE someone else, not being me was what I needed to find myself. Playing different characters, using my imagination to experience a different way of being helped me in day to day. This set me on a course of studying theatre through college and into university, along the way meeting different artists, clowns, fools and philosophers. I found a way to channel my experiences, my feelings and my thoughts into art.
After graduating, I volunteered and worked in different charities, including homelessness and domestic abuse service. I then started training in counselling and finally applied for Dramatherapy (prompted by a clown).
Dramatherapy is a creative arts psychotherapy, where we learn about ourselves through metaphor, active imagination and creative expression. We can use movement, dance, art, scripts, songs (I’m not a singer, but if you want to, I will), creative writing and play.
I am a poet, I am bilingual, and I am dyslexic – I have an ambivalent relationship with words when it comes to my own self-expression. What I love about creative work is there doesn’t have to be a focus on what we say. We can express ourselves non-verbally and then find the words if we want.
My love of words, as a poet, however, is very available for the Email Counselling I offer.
So, I have been working as a creative arts psychotherapist since qualifying in 2016, I have worked in a variety of settings with clients from age 11 to 70.
I have gained other training through the years and have a bit of a blended approach as a practitioner I guess, but mostly I am human (when I’m not clowning) and I stay connected to the human experiences I support I my work.
- Advanced Solution Focused Therapy - Ongoing
- Creative approaches to Clinical Supervision ongoing
- Concept Based Dog Training 2021
- Advanced Solution Focused Therapy 2021
- Certified Cyber Therapist - 2021
- Solution Focused Therapy - 2020
- Dip PTSD - 2017
- MA Dramatherapy - 2016
Clinical Experience of working with:
- Sexual assault survivors
- Domestic abuse survivors
- People who self-harm
- Diagnoses of BPD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ED, OCD, Bi-polar, Schizophrenia
- Adolescents in education setting
- Young Carers
- Looked After Children and Care Leavers
- Young Offenders
- People who are Neurodiverse
- People with Learning disabilities
Individual Dramatherapy/Creative Psychotherapy
Ongoing regular therapy which allows for you to develop self-understanding in a safe space over a period of time. This can be short term or longer term.
Solution Focused Therapy Session
Solution focused therapy is a conversation that is future-thinking; helping you visualise a detailed picture of what you want your future to look like in order to move forward. I offer one-off solution-focused sessions with follow-on sessions arranged as needed, on an ad-hoc basis.
Email counselling is the exchange of therapeutic emails. You can take your time to read and write emails during periods that suit you.
For Organisations and Local Authorities
I offer tailored interventions for client groups, these can be one off workshops with a wellbeing focus, a short course or psychoeducational intervention these have included, but are not limited to; Healthy Relationships, Consent, What is Self-care, Harm Reduction (Self-harm) and MindfulPlay sessions. And group or One2One therapy.
Please use the Contact Me page for further details.
I also Staff Training and Clinical Consultation for Organisations Please use the Contact Me page for further information.
Group Dramatherapy, Workshops & Training
Group dramatherapy runs at various points throughout the year on and offline.
Workshops & Training run at various points throughout the year on and offline.
Supervision is fundamental for the safe practice of therapy and I am now offering creative supervision as I am currently training in Creative Approaches to Supervision.
This established course has Recognised Supervision Training Status with HIPC (Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College of the UKCP). It is accredited by the British Psychodrama Association and the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (UKCP member organisations) and recognised by the British Association of Dramatherapists (HCPC members organisation).
Currently offering a reduced rate while in training.
Creative Canines! – new service for new species
I have always had dogs, wonderful, brilliant, playful dogs. I have had dogs work alongside me and seen the transformation humans make when given time with our non-human kin. It is a of mind to develop canine psychotherapy and support clients to learn from Man’s Best Friend. They are intuitive, generous, and brilliant teachers and companions.
In 2021 I adopted Spud, a highly anxious, very loud, incredibly destructive boarder collie. He has aggressively taught me to that he is overwhelmed by the world. He has showed me I was foolish and selfish to think that a canine therapy would be simple. He has needs and worries and coping behaviours that have pushed me to the edge at times, but through adopting him I have been reminded of the essential need for play. I have qualified as a games based dog trainer, that generates transformation through play (something I know in humans too, and essential part of dramatherapy). He has reminded me that Best Friends are a relationship.
And so, I have developed a dog training service that looks at both ends of the lead. Through consultation we co-create a game plan for the dog and through some solution focused coaching we don’t lose sight of the human, a service to ten to the relationship.
Fees £150 for consultation, an action plan, and a follow up meeting.
- My standard hourly fee for video-call and F2F therapy is £50
- My fee for a block of 5 emails (5 emails from you with 5 replies from me) is £150. And a block of 10 emails (10 emails from you with 10 replies from me) is £250.