Joanna Jaaniste
Training Staff
Dramatherapy Trainer

PhD, AthR (Drama), B.A.(Hons.), Dip.Ed., Dip.Dramatherapy

Joanna is a registered Dramatherapist who has practised dramatherapy in mental health, adolescent and substance abuse areas since 1993. She specialises in story work, roleplay and improvisational interventions. Her lively approach is influenced by the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner. She believes strongly in the power of dramatherapy to assist participants to find new directions for their lives. Her clinical work involves her in acute and community group and individual work in Fairfield/Liverpool Mental Health.

She is a member of a Board which gives funding to drug and alcohol related services, and works privately with co-morbid issues as well as in the public health system. She is principal of the Dramatherapy Centre in Sydney, and runs courses together with her colleague, Adrian Lania. She has taught at postgraduate level at UWS and UTS, and has lectured at the Wesley Institute and presented papers in UK, USA and South Africa. She has published articles on dramatherapy in Synergy, the Journal of Multicultural Mental Health, Australia, and the British Association of Dramatherapists peer-reviewed Journal, Dramatherapy. She is currently doing a PhD in dramatherapy and dementia.