Professional Practice

As a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), Peyton helps individuals grow and heal through drama therapy by developing new roles and behaviors. He actively intertwines psychology with drama, allowing participants to see and understand their real-life struggles in a new way – making discoveries through their own experience and experimentation.

Education:

  • MA in Drama Therapy • Kansas State University • Manhattan, KS • 2017
  • BA in Film and Theatre • Southern Methodist University • Dallas, TX • 2001

Select Clients:

  • HEAL Program, Methodist Hospital, The Woodlands, TX
  • Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Woodlands, TX
  • AD Players, Arts for All, Houston, TX
  • Home Place of Texas in conjunction with A.D. Players, Arts for All, Houston, TX
  • The River/Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), Houston, TX
  • The Tuttle School at Briarwood, Houston, TX
  • Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS), Houston, TX
  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Houston, TX
  • Easterseals Arkansas’ Center for Training & Wellness, Little Rock, AR
  • Independent Case Management (ICM), Little Rock, AR
  • Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Burn Unit, Adult Survivor Retreat/Camp Sunshine/Young Adults Retreat (YAR), Little Rock, AR
  • Epilepsy Education and Group Support of Arkansas (E.E.G.S.), Little Rock, AR
  • Pais Project, Arlington, TX

Continued Education & Workshops:

  • Playing for Change: Utilizing Theatre Games and Harvard’s Implicit Bias Test to Transform Unconscious Prejudice. Hosted by North American Drama Therapy Association, CHED Workshop Series (New York, NY), 2024
  • Facilitated Introduction to Drama Therapy for Cardiovascular Support Group (Adult), Houston Methodist Hospital (The Woodlands, TX), 2023
  • Facilitated staff cohesion, tension release and personal growth through multiple sessions with Starbucks Vision Park (Houston, TX), 2022
  • Facilitated Introduction to Drama Therapy session for the FBISD, Medical Science Academy (Sugar Land, TX), 2021
  • Facilitated Introduction to Drama Therapy session for LPCI’s with the Counseling Center of Montgomery County (Houston, TX), 2020
  • AD Players, Sensory Advisors Committee Consultant for Sensory Friendly Performance (Houston, TX), 2020
  • Houston Creative Arts Therapy Week: Improv for Clinicians: Exploring psychological flexibility and embodied trust in relation to Self and Others by Nina Garcia, RDT (Houston, TX), 2020
  • Houston Playback Theatre, Training/Playback Theatre Development facilitated by Jo Salas (Houston, TX), 2020
  • Inclusion Works, a two-day workshop sponsored by Arkansas Autism Resource & Outreach Center (AAROC) that focused on providing support for schools and faith organizations in their efforts toward meaningful inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities (Little Rock, AR), 2017
  • Co-lead Sociodrama workshop with Dr. Euchay Horsman, University of Arkansas, Little Rock: Drama Therapy: A practical and Creative Way to Practice and Solidify Behavior Change. Presented at Arkansas Counseling Association Conference (Hot Springs, AR), 2016
  • Psychodrama: The Do, Undo, and Redo Approach, a two-day workshop hosted by Mid-South Center for Psychodrama and Sociometry and approved for the Continuing Education Program of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (Tupelo, MS), 2014

Conferences:

  • American Counseling Association, Professional Practice Summit (Alexandria, VA, Virtual), 2023
  • Texas Autism Conference (Austin, TX, Virtual), 2022
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (New York, NY, Virtual), 2022
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (New York, NY, Virtual), 2021
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (New York, NY, Virtual), 2020
  • Art-Reach, Cultural Accessibility Conference (Philadelphia, PA, Virtual), 2020
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Central Region Conference, Exploring the Spectrum: Modalities in Embodied Therapies (Austin, TX), 2019
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (Kansas City, MO), 2018
  • Texas Counseling Association Growth Conference (Dallas, TX), 2018
  • Houston Arts Partners Conference (Houston, TX), 2018
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (Seattle, WA), 2016
  • Applied Theatre Conference (Nashville, TN), 2014
  • North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (Yosemite, CA), 2014

Accomplishments:

  • Drama Therapy article featured in Memorial Hermann Hospital Cancer Journal, entitled Drama Therapy: Empowering Cancer Thrivers to Grow and Heal. (The Woodlands, TX), 2021
  • Drama Therapy Fund scholarship to attend the 2018 NADTA Conference (Kansas City, KS), 2018
  • Arkansas Community Service Award presented by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, KARK 4, and the Arkansas Governor’s Office (Little Rock, AR), 2017
  • Drama Therapy Fund scholarship to attend the 2016 NADTA Conference and acceptance of featured art project entitled, “Outside Umbrella: Emotional Struggles/ Under Umbrella: Inner Strengths” (Seattle, WA), 2016
  • Featured in October’s edition of Easterseals of Arkansas’ Stories of Hope (Little Rock, AR), 2015

Memberships:

  • North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Texas Counseling Association (TCA)

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