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Hela Keir completed both her diploma and Bachelor Technologiae degree in Drama at Pretoria Technikon. She then went on to complete her Magister Technologiae in drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. She also completed her Post-graduate Certificate in Education at the Tshwane University of Technology. After completing these studies, she obtained a scholarship to study the Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She is a registered member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and of the South African Association of Drama therapists (SAAD).

Within the field of dramatherapy, Hela has experience in working in the following areas with clients:

  • elderly people with dementia,
  • adult staff,
  • adults in an acute psychiatric ward and in a psychiatric recovery and support centre,
  • adults in an action against domestic violence support centre,
  • primary school and high school children with autistic spectrum disorder,
  • children with global delay,
  • children with emotional and behavioural difficulties,
  • adults with physical and learning disabilities,
  • single parents,
  • abused and neglected teenagers,
  • adults working on self-improvement.

Hela has helped me immensely in the bereavement of my father’s suicide. I feel that dealing with the grief from a suicide has been extremely difficult but Hela is truly wonderful in how she created a safe space and a trusting relationship that empowered me, in concrete ways, to create lasting changes in my approach to all aspects of my life.

Suicide leaves us with a lot of confusion and drama therapy has been the most effective for me to assist with the psychological wounds and pain. I’ve been to many therapists and nobody but found drama therapy with Hela the most useful as it got me beyond my own analytical thinking where other forms of therapy and therapists didn’t work for me.

Hela has a very special and rare ability to use apply her skills and training in a phenomenally powerful way. I recommend her and this wonderful form of therapy to everyone!

Hela has run both open and closed groups and one-to-one sessions. She is currently involved in working as a dramatherapist, educator and community project developer. 

"It was fascinating to see how children who sometimes find imagined circumstances difficult to access, were able to experience the story through movement and sound. Two of the children in the group in particular seemed to me to be very 'locked in' to a particular pattern of movement and I was surprised to see them joining in with big light steps for example when we were going to 'space'. There was a real sense of joy on the child's part too, when these new discoveries were made about their bodies and movement in the space."

(Teacher of children with autism)

"Hela has been able to respond to the identification of therapeutic needs within group sessions; adapting sessions to suit the group needs. This is particularly challenging in a group situation on an acute ward when the population is constantly changing. She has managed this well. She also has a confident 'playful' manner when facilitating sessions." 
(Occupation Therapist in Mental Health setting)


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