“Drama Arts Therapists, Counsellors & Mentors”

Therapists, Counsellors & Mentors

The Koru Project is a collective of experienced, professional Arts / Drama / Movement / Music & Psychotherapists in Dorset with over 30 years combined experience.

We have a proven track record with our specifically trained staff in reaching out to individuals or families.

Those who have been subjected to emotional, physical sexual abuse, exclusion, trauma, neglect, loss, attachment trauma, bereavement and depression.

We are therapists, counsellors and mentors, who work with specialist understanding, knowledge and methodology creating positive therapeutic experiences.

Through our integrative engagement in clinical service & training, working with individuals and families, our mission is to help people re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world.

We empower people to make change through body & mind, impacting their lives and that of the wider community.

We utilise the power of creative expression within art & drama, helping to build relationships our clients as it is less threatening.

This passive approach gives insight, and opens up new possibilities for healing & subjects for discussion.


Dorset therapists



The KORU Project’s ideology & methodology can be validated by our continued support with ongoing contracts & referrals from

  • Dorset County Council,
  • Dorset Family Matters (DFM),
  • Pupil Premium for Looked After Children,
  • The Adoption Support Fund

and numerous educational establishments throughout the Dorset, Poole & Bournemouth areas.

Our KORU team of Therapists, Counsellors, & Mentors have years of experience employing a variety of therapy methods bespoke to the needs of individual groups and families (Systemic Theory).

We offer a flexible rapid referral service where we work through a variety of methods from talking, arts, drama, movement (yoga dance) crafts & eco therapy.

We want to ensure that everyone has the chance to thrive no matter what adversity you may suffer or challenge you want to overcome.


Our Speciality Populations:


  • Child trauma
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties (youth and adults) ADHD Attention Deficit hyperactivity
  • Male trauma survivors
  • Crime victims and victims of hate crimes
  • Emotional abuse and neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological trauma
  • Parents of traumatized youth
  • Chronic trauma and complex trauma
  • Attachment trauma
  • Children and families involved with the adoption/foster care/social services & YOT
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Self Harm
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Loss
  • Eating Disorders
  • Transgender
  • Relationships with others – Dealing with interactions of families, groups and their interactional patterns and dynamics

The Koru training in our school has really had an impact on helping staff respond supportively to children and young people with complex needs. Staff now have a range of strategies to help our pupils regulate their emotions more appropriately and understand pupils with complex attachment disorders. Thank you Koru for your bespoke training and support.

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Simon Burt

“Andrea is a fantastic teacher and advocate. I was privileged to have been a youngster whose life she made an impression upon. Whether it be a confidante or just a release. She showed me how to be patient and how to ‘cope’ with my never ending problems. If I got the chance to promote KORU myself, I would be honoured. 5 stars through and through.”

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Lauren Clarke

“This approach has had transformational positive effects on young people where other interventions hadn’t worked. A wonderful team who are dedicated to supporting some of the most vulnerable young people.”

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Dan Baker

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The Koru (fern) is a symbol from Maori Culture. The symbol embodies the qualities that are the essence of the aims of the project: Change, wholeness and renewal.

It represents the unfurling of the innate potential that exists in each young person to embrace the challenges of life.