creativity and personal worth.
I was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 2019. I had the tumor removed in November (2019) which is medically defined as malignant, anaplastic ganglioglioma. This type of brain cancer is very rare, accounting for approximately 1 – 2% of all brain tumors. I had thirty sessions of radiation (December 2019 – January 2020) and have been having MRI’s every three months. However, MRI’s are now moving to every four months (as of September 2020)! Prior to this brain surgery, I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004. I was twenty-four at the time and living in Los Angeles with my wife. After my third grand-mal seizure, my wife and I moved to Little Rock as my seizures continued. I had over seventy seizures in 2010 and my first brain surgery in 2011. A part of my left-front temporal lobe was removed, but it was so small there was no official diagnosis. As a result of the size, no one knew it was a side effect of the cancer slowly growing in my brain. Although my seizures became more controlled, I continued having them after surgery. I underwent an additional procedure by having a Vagus Nerve Stimulator implanted in 2013. This, too, helped my seizures decrease, but they still occur (although not as often). Read full profile
Peyton teaches drama therapy for The Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center located at Memorial Hospital, The Woodlands, TX. Thriving Through Drama Therapy provides a safe place to explore a variety of emotions/experiences (literally and metaphorically) and how they affect our lives on a daily basis – medically, physically and mentally. Each session take place the first and third Thursday of each month, unless noted otherwise on monthly calendar.
Peyton creates specifically designed workshops based on an organizations goal(s), as well as the needs of a chosen population. Although he has worked with many disABLED clients and organizations, Peyton has training in a variety of therapeutic methods, as Drama Therapy requires studies in a variety of mental health and therapeutic approaches. Some topics addressed in previous workshops include:
- Finding personal fulfillment
- Learning to relax
- Expressing positive and negative emotions
- Gaining awareness of body movement
- Developing a greater awareness of self in space
Select Drama Therapy techniques and methods used in workshop(s) may include:
- Drama Exercises
- Role Play
Workshops are based on location, time, and date(s). Peyton will write a proposal that includes all associated costs and the content of each workshop once all details are secured from the organization.
Peyton works with clientele having a range of diversity, including age, race, gender, and disAbilities. Despite such diversity, a common theme exists: each person deserves self-value and each story matters! To learn more about Peyton’s clientele and educational training, please view Professional Practice.