Jessica Bockler, PhD
Alef Trust Founding Director
Jessica Bockler is an Applied Theatre practitioner and Transpersonal Psychologist with a passionate interest in expressive and ritual arts as a way to soulful living.
She has a PhD in Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University. In her research she explored “Theatre as a Transformative Practice”, examining the actor’s craft as a vehicle for (trans)personal growth and development.
Jessica is also a Sesame Practitioner, trained in the use of story, drama and movement as a vehicle to work with Soul.
Jessica has extensive experience of creative programme management and multi-modal arts facilitation in community, education and health contexts and she specialises in transpersonal and somatic approaches to creative practice, combining expressive arts work with practices enhancing mindfulness and body awareness.
She is the Director of Creative Alternatives, an arts and mental health service which operates in the boroughs of Sefton and St.Helens, Merseyside, UK.
Her research interests include:
- mental health
- mind-body dynamics and somatic psychology
- creative conflict resolution
- psychology of ritual
- Jungian psychology and alchemy
Jessica’s life and work are further nurtured by her study of the Japanese martial arts Aikido and Iaido with Ezra Shihan at Komyokan Aikido Association.