What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy uses the powerful combination of drama and psychotherapy to help individuals to explore, express and process psychological, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Dramatherapists are trained to contain and hold emotional expression whilst also enabling individuals through creative approaches to explore their current situation or presenting difficulty. Dramatherapists’ use dramatic and creative approaches to create distance and perspective as well as the opportunity to explore different possibilities to presenting problems. The dramatic action that takes place within the containment of the therapeutic relationship allows for experimentation, risk taking, change and discovery of new self-qualities and deeper understanding. Dramatherapy approaches used but not limited to are – role. role-playing, embodiment, characterisation, puppets, mask creation and development, body work, movement, stories and text, poetry, images, art and much more. As a Dramatherapist, I understand the deep connection between body and mind and work from a holistic and integrative approach to find ways of creating harmony and balance within the whole-body system.
Dramatherapy recognises the benefits of exploring the creative drama from within and an individual is invited to find ways in which they feel most comfortable to explore this. Dramatherapists may invite you to write a letter to yourself, to try out a new role, to work through a metaphor or story, to witness somebody else in a group playing a part you may feel familiar with or use objects to create a story, use movement to express a feeling – These are just a few examples of how creative and adaptable a Dramatherapy session maybe. You need no drama skills to access this way of working.
As a Dramatherapist, I have worked with many client groups, using verbal and non-verbal ways of communicating and expressing based upon presenting abilities. My experience includes:
Social: supporting the development of social skills, friendship difficulties, bullying, empathy and finding ways to work and play and engage with others.
Emotional: supporting internal self-exploration, belief systems, internal scripts, difficulties processing or expressing feelings, self – esteem, confidence, resilience, Bereavement and loss.
Psychological:Trauma, abuse, neglect, attachment difficulties.
Behavioural:Anger management, disruption, dysregulation, concentration.
Developmental:Autism spectrum disorders – mild to complex – verbal and non-verbal, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pathological Demand Avoidance, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
Learning difficulties: Mild to profound and multiple learning difficulties.