Diane Adderley (BA Hons) is a Senior Trainer in Sociodrama and a Psychodrama Psychotherapist, accredited by the BPA (British Psychodrama Association). She is a registered member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a supervisor, qualified to work with both clinicians and trainees. After her first career as an actor and musician, Diane retrained and has now worked since 1999 as a psychotherapist, sociodramatist, supervisor and life coach in private practice in Manchester. She also undertakes consultancy and training delivery work for various organisations, for example she has recently been delivering a life coaching programme to staff who are being made redundant at a science and technology company in the northwest of England.
Diane has worked with individuals, groups, teams and conferences in private, public and voluntary sector organisations, using action methods to develop skills, resilience, insight, assertive communication and heightened both personal and professional wellbeing in her clients. From 2004-2012, Diane was the co-director of the Sociodrama and Action Methods (SAM) training school in the UK together with founder Dr. Ron Wiener and has taught sociodrama internationally in China, Greece, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Germany, Canada and Hungary. She is the co-editor and a chapter writer of the book Sociodrama in a Changing World (2011, publ. http://www.lulu.com).
She has also contributed to other books and journals on her work in this field and was the editor of Tele, the BPA’s newsletter for four years.
Together with Valerie Monti-Holland, she is contributing to an international project, Performers, funded by the European Erasmus+ educational foundation, developing the training and use of sociodrama and CAM across Europe and is involved in preparing a further book on the topic. Finally, she is a director of the UK School of Playback Theatre and an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer (APTT), having been a practitioner of this form of improvised therapeutic theatre for (nearly) 30 years with Playback Theatre Manchester, which she co-founded in 1992.