Therapist Profiles

Sarah Mann Shaw is a Dramatherapist. She is an Integrative Psychotherapist and a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, registered with the UKCP. She has been qualified and working as a therapist for over twenty years with experience in CAMHS teams, Social Care, Schools, Adult Mental Health, Foster and Adoption agencies.

Her approach is integrative, relational and creative. Sarah understands the therapeutic encounter as essentially a person-to-person one, underpinned by humanity and defined at all times by respect. It is the quality of the relationship that bears greatest significance in respect of successful outcomes in therapy. She has significant experience of working with systems and families and offers a collaborative approach in working with children and young people, believing the team around the child to be a significant agent for change.

Sarah has a passion for working creatively and for working with metaphor.


2022 : Exploring implicit memory through metaphor: Jonah and the missing heart: a story of attachment and dramatherapy. In Arts Therapies In International Practice Informed by Neuroscience and Research. Ed Caroline Miller & Marina Torkington. Routledge

2016: Stevie and The Little Dinosaur; A Story of assessment in dramatherapy In The International Handbook of Dramatherapy Ed S Jennings, C Holmewood. Brunner Routledge April 2016

2011: The Drama of Shame co written with D. Gammage. British Association of Dramatherapists Journal. Brunner/ Routledge

2007: Contribution to ‘Drama as Therapy. Theatre as Living.’ Phil Jones. Routledge

1996: Symbol, Metaphor and the Healing Process in Dramatherapy.

British Association of Dramatherapists Journal.

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HCPC – Health & Care Professions Council

UK Council for Psychotherapy – UKCP


“Sarah is a well-respected, experienced and competent practitioner who inspires confidence in those she works with. I recommend her to you without reservation.”

Dramatherapist – Professional Colleague

“In each of Sarah’s roles – dramatherapist, psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, co-researcher, author and facilitator – her practice has been exemplary. Her wisdom in the field is firmly grounded in substantial experience and knowledge underpinned by an unwavering commitment to her clients’ and colleagues’ well-being. She is generous in her sharing and wisely discerning of the work. I value and trust her views and opinions. She has immense integrity and humility I cannot recommend her enough.”

Professional Colleague