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

‘I do lots of things in my dramatherapy,  I play or make up stories, I pretend to be my favourite story person and me and Sarah make up dramas about what would happen if we changed the story.  I paint and draw and write and sometimes I just talk. I like the pretending bits best. ‘

A Dramatherapy Client Aged 11

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 within 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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“Sarah is really funny, she makes me laugh a lot and she has really helped me with my feelings and with getting on at school. Go and see her you will like her.”

Dramatherapy Client Age 9

“I am really glad that Sarah is my therapist she has really helped me overcome some horrible stuff which I found so hard to talk about. We sometimes worked with stories and characters and that really helped me start to feel better. It was great too that sometimes my mum came in and helped. Sarah encouraged me to be confident in spite of all that had happened to me and it has worked I start uni in September and my mum says she’s so proud. I will miss my therapy but feel I got what I needed to move on with my life.”

Dramatherapy Client Age 18