Why Drama Therapy and Kids are the Perfect Combination
Drama therapy is incredibly effective with children because they naturally possess the ability to move fluidly from fantasy to reality, trying on and playing out different roles. In a Drama Therapy session, children have the freedom to play, and share a bond with the therapist, granting them permission to share their hurts or concerns through the safety of storytelling. If you've ever read a fairy tale to a child, you understand the concept of the child wanting to see themselves in that story. They have the uncanny ability to project themselves into existing stories, and then share their wishes through that medium.
A child may benefit from a Drama Therapy session to help them express overwhelming feelings that they are having and do not yet have the vocabulary for. Since this type of therapy is based in using our bodies and imaginations, this kinetic language perfectly suits children’s natural abilities. It can be an unrealistic goal to have a child express his feelings with words like depressed or anxious, as those are concepts that can even allude adults. Instead, Drama Therapy supports the child by playing to his skills as an imaginative being with a story to tell.
Where a talk therapy session might intimidate a child, Drama Therapy puts the therapist and the child on the same level, in the same play space, creating a safety that encourages sharing, and positive reinforcement.
Alexis has extensive experience providing Drama Therapy to children both individually and in group settings such as hospitals or rehabilitation centers.