Marilyn is a Psychodramatist & Trainer Educator Practitioner (TEP) on staff at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP). Imagination, a warm-hearted lightness of being, and clarity of purpose are the hallmarks of Marilyn’s approach to psychodramatic groupwork.
Marilyn is a long-term member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (MNZAC) and has been practicing as a counsellor and supervisor in Auckland over the last 30 years with individuals, couples and groups. She has worked for many years in trauma-recovery work for clients with ACC sensitive claims. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Teaching and is a graduate of the Drama Action Centre in Sydney.
Along with her husband Martin Sutcliffe, Marilyn initiated and pioneered Playback Theatre in Auckland in the 1980’s and has acted, conducted and taught this improvisational theatre method since that time.
Now her primary sphere of interest is in family life as a grandmother to two lively young girls and mother to two “creatives”. She has maintained a lifelong passion for the arts, learning and social justice, is a voracious reader, a writer, and is now often found nosing her way round second-hand clothes stores of the world seeking beautiful and unusual treasures to reinvest with life.