DescriptionChildren and young people have never before been faced with such huge challenges around sex, sexuality, gender, love and relationships. In a world full of contradictory ideas about what intimacy is and should be, it’s not surprising youngsters have questions, experience mixed feelings, are often confused and conflicted. As adults, we want to support our young people to make sense of sexuality in today’s world. We want to help them have the most appropriate values and the most constructive emotions around this most important aspect of human relationships. How can we best do this? In particular, how can we do this when we ourselves may also be confused or conflicted around these topics? We want to respond supportively and sensitively because we know that is the way to reach children and young people - but our own background, upbringing may leave us uncertain, anxious around these difficult conversations.
Darren has been working as an individual, relationship, family and group psychotherapist since 2006 – as well as being an extremely experienced trainer, role-player, presenter and facilitator in both public and corporate, national and international settings, including NHS Trusts, Cancer Research, BBC Academy and the National Bank of Pakistan.
Darren is also an actor, director, writer, teacher, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Damn Cheek Productions. A fluent British Sign Language user, he's currently developing Damn Cheek’s newest creations which include an extensive site-specific community theatre project in the North East of England, plus a theatre piece focused on disordered eating, and an outdoor site-specific piece exploring individual and collective grief. Darren is also continuing to develop the monthly Zoom performances which Damn Cheek which began in 2020 during lockdown which aim to stretch the boundaries of Zoom for online audiences.