What is Dramatherapy?

Essentially, therapy is the examination and exploration of our own story. By combining that with the scope and diversity inherent in creativity, I have witnessed profound resolution achieved time and time again.  Since it can also be an indirect approach, it need not mean painstaking self-examination.

The architecture of the unconscious has no straight lines; sometimes people simply feel different afterwards, or notice that conflict is no longer so magnetic, or have a stronger grasp or clearer view of the intricate mapping of their internal landscape.

The official explanation of Dramatherapy as defined by the British association of Dramatherapists (www.badth.org.uk) is:

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, playtexts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.

The use of drama as a healing art can be traced back thousands of years.

The core processes of dramatherapy are supported by both psychological theories and theatre practices. As dramatherapists we draw upon Psychotherapy and psychological fields of human inquiry, such as: Attachment (Bowlby); transitional space (Winnicott); Object relations (Melanie Klein); Group therapy (Yalom); human development (Errikson).

For more information about the way I use Dramatherapy see ‘my Practice’

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