Dramatherapy

What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a Creative Arts Therapy that uses the potential of drama to facilitate growth, creativity, imagination, learning, insight and healing.  

Sometimes people can find it too difficult to talk about their feelings.  Problems may seem too big to be able to discuss them with anyone in a coherent manner.  Some people are unable to express their emotions in a vocal way. 

Dramatherapy enables clients to express and work through problems they may be encountering or to maintain well-being and health in many different ways.  Personal issues can be worked through using stories, role play, movement, sound, voice, symbolism and ritual.  

Dramatherapy provides a safe setting in which the client can explore, express and work through their own feelings and emotions.  It can help: the process of emotional growth;  improve self image and self confidence; develop social skills.  

Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings.  It can be applied as a one to one therapy or as group therapy.  

Dramatherapy for children/adolescents

Play is an important aspect of Dramatherapy with children.  It is the child's natural medium of self-expression and Dramatherapy provides a safe space for the child to 'play out' his or her feelings and difficulties.  

Dramatherapy can meet a range of needs such a: children who are withdrawn, anxious or isolated; children with learning disabilities; children who have become antisocial or disruptive; children who have suffered a loss or bereavement; children with difficult family circumstances; children with a sensory or physical disability.  

Through creative interventions a child can find a way to express what they need and find the strength to cope and change. 

Some of the methods used in Dramatherapy with children are: 

  • Drama games

  • Storytelling

  • Embodiment play (movement, sensory play) 

  • Projective play ( objects and small toys are used to play out feelings)

  • Role play

 

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