Nicola Kealy

Training & Accreditation

Nicola is an IACAT accredited Dramtherapist with an MA in Dramatherapy from Maynooth University (2012). Nicola is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychotherapy at Dublin City University


“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be.”

Carl Rogers

As a Dramatherapist, I work creatively with people to help them to develop tools for life. Life is wonderful, but it can also be painful, fraught and difficult to navigate.

Dramatherapy offers an active space that mirrors the lived experience, allowing clients to move out of the confines of their head and look at their problem areas from a distance. This perspective can help to unlock new ways of coping with difficult emotions and experiences.

You might wonder, will I be asked to sing or act out my life experience? Or do I have to perform? And the answer to that is, not unless you want to! The creative aspects of Dramatherapy, e.g. storytelling, movement, music and art, are available to you to gain insight into your life. They serve as windows of opportunity and growth.

Imagine a blocked sink and the problems it causes; there are moments in life when we can also be blocked and unable to move past a certain feeling or mindset. In the sink’s case, the aim is to restore flow; the flow carries away the debris and allows fresh water to fill the sink. Dramatherapy seeks to unlock your flow, allowing new perspectives and ideas to open up and help you live the life you want.

Experience & Areas of Interest

I have experience in the area of anxiety, depression, intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. It is my belief that everyone can develop coping skills that will enable a rich and whole life despite difficult times. My Doctoral research is around the links between women’s reproductive cycles and anxiety and depression.

I work with Adults, Adolescents and children


Kealy, N. 2016. Selective Mutism in our Own Words, Frontline, April, 2016

Kealy, N. 2020. The Moving Body, Polyphony (IACAT online journal), February, 2020


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Tuning Inward Podcast featuring Nicola Kealy

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