What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy can help with issues such as

  • attachment
  • behavioural problems
  • depression
  • school difficulties
  • confidence issues
  • overcoming trauma
  • family breakup
  • peer problems
  • identity issues
  • eating and food-related problems

 

What does Dramatherapy look like in practice?

A dramatherapy session will generally include the dramatherapist encouraging you to talk about your problems, life experiences and difficulties. The dramatherapist will offer you a dramatic or creative intervention from which to explore this. The client may choose to explore with a direct life drama connection or to use more metaphorical exploration. Dramatherapy holds, engages and explores this process supporting you to rehearse, find resolution in relation to the initial presenting difficulties and to support change.

Dramatherapy interventions include working with symbols and metaphor, movement, play, storytelling, mask work, puppet work, character development, dramatic enactment, improvisation. Clients who are referred to a Dramatherapist do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama.

Clients learn to develop an awareness of self, creativity, confidence, anxiety and stress relief, relational awareness, increased focus and a capacity for emotional growth and lasting change.

As with psychotherapy, the underlying aim of dramatherapy is to help you develop a sense of mastery and control over the problem situation.

British Association of Dramatherapists – click here to visit the website

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