WHO I AM
My name is Marie-Emilie Louis. a queer therapist.
I am from Belgium, a little European country surrounded by many other countries, languages and cultures.
In Belgium, I discovered theatre as a teenager and it really helped me to go through the difficult age of finding my personal identy. Theatre helped me to try new roles in a safe environment and to slowly discover who I would like to be.
I decided to study psychology because I wanted to understand human beings more deeply and how the collective and the individual uncousciousness affect us emotionally and physically.
I used many theatre techniques in my different praticiums, feeling that it might help people in need, as it helped me in the past.
I started working in a psychiatric hospital where I discovered the power of theatre with people suffering from mental disabilities and noticed how some symptoms disappeared while they were playing.
A few years later, I had the chance to assist Serge Minet in his theatre therapy sessions in a psychiatric hospital and It opened my eyes to deeply believe that it was exactly what I would likle to do of my life!
I saw that in Montreal Quebec, a dramatherapy master program was offered and decided to pack my
bags and fly to this unknown country that always appealed to me since I was a child. I could finally realize my dream!
In my training, I worked with people with intellectual disabilities and had this great chance to assist a
musictherapist and dancetherapist as well as offering my own dramatherapy sessions for individuals and groups.
In my last year of my Master's program, I contacted a women's prison in Montreal. I wanted to bring dramatherapy in a place where nobody has done it before, where the women did not get any chance to have a voice to speak out loud, or to express freely themselves. This pilot project was accepted by
the jail's director and I had the most amazing experience over there. The women trusted me and let me
create a research project of finding their inner clown. We laughed so much but cried too. I felt that the clown helped them to connect to their truth selves with sensitivity and a great sense of humor.
I knew then that I was at the right place and that I was meant to do this job. I wanted to give a space of free expression in a place where the people were cut off and many limitations in their normal routines applied.
In the summer2011, I entered into a prison for men and I offered for the first time, dramatherapy sessions.
My work today is a journey of advocacy to introduce and allow dramatherapy and other creative art therapies into places and community where people are not heard and give back a safe space to them to express who they are.
I am now working to give a voice to women that we don't want to hear or are not be heard. I am currently with incest survivors and have a private practice.
I am also working with a non-gender framework.
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