Kirsten Meyer is a registered member of ANZATA as well as the Health Professions Council of South Africa. She obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Dramatherapy from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) in 1999. She is co-founder of a Not for Profit Organisation the Zakheni Arts Therapy Foundation and continues to serve on the Board. Currently she is based in Melbourne working on her PhD research, running a small practice and facilitating professional development and training workshops.
Kirsten has extensive intercultural Dramatherapy experience in various contexts including clinical, community and educational settings. She has worked with diverse communities including: female offenders, children and adolescents living with HIV and AIDS and care workers offering psychosocial support to vulnerable children. Publications include ‘Dramatherapy with adolescents living with HIV: story making, drama and body mapping’ in Jones Phil (ed) Drama as Therapy Volume 2 (Routledge 2010) and “I’ve got HIV” research vignette in Jones Phil Drama as Therapy Volume 1: Theory Research and Practice (Routledge 2007).
Her educational experience includes developing and running an Honours level Introduction to Dramatherapy course at Wits University, Johannesburg, as well as lecturing and mentoring students on applied drama methodologies and creative facilitation skills.
She has worked extensively throughout South Africa, as therapist, facilitator and educator; as well as in the UK and Lebanon. She brings with her a sound understanding of the creative arts and how they can be used effectively in education, healing and transformation.