What Is Drama Therapy, And How Does It Work?
Through Drama Therapy, my clients are changing their lives and learning to live, love, connect and grow stronger than they ever thought possible.
For many years I have been helping individuals, couples, and groups from all walks of life recover, repair, and re-discover themselves using these proven techniques, and each day I am still amazed by how powerful they truly are.
For many people, traditional "couch therapy" may not feel like the right space. For others, the idea of telling a stranger about their life's most difficult challenges, such as depression, anxiety, relationships, addictions or loss may seem unthinkable. Additionally, for groups such as young children and special needs clients, traditional therapy often does not address their fundamental need to express themselves or communicate differently.
That is where Drama Therapy is changing the game. Instead of just talking, my clients are doing, becoming kinetically aware of their mind and body, embracing their inner voice, and learning a lot about themselves and how to better handle the stress and complications that life brings to each one of us.
Who Uses Drama Therapy, and what kind of issues does it address?
The goal of the drama therapist is to facilitate a safe and secure experience for the client that allows for the full expression of their emotional voice through dramatic motion. This creative form of therapy is extremely successful in addressing many of most common issues people from all walks of life encounter, such as depression, anxiety, marriage and family difficulties, loss of a loved one or close friend, traumatic experiences from childhood or as an adult, chemical, alcohol and food addictions, love and sex addictions, as well as many others.
As the benefits of Drama Therapy have begun to be widely recognized as having some of the most dramatic impacts in general practice, the techniques have expanded to include many different kinds of carefully designed programs for special-needs clients such as those with down syndrome or autism, as well as children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and military, law enforcement and first-responder personnel dealing with forms of PTSD.
While the desired outcome of drama therapy is different for each participant, the fundamental model for drama therapy is designed to promote healing and growth through the use of role playing and dramatic interactions, as well as other creative exercises combined with traditional talk-therapy.
What can I expect from a Drama Therapy session?
Drama Therapy deliberately employs theatrical and dramatic techniques to attain therapeutic results. This unique approach provides a platform for the client to actively share their experiences through storytelling while enabling them to express their feelings, problem solve, and achieve a sense of well-being. Participants in drama therapy often find that their own interpersonal relationship tools are improved as a result of portraying several different characters and discovering various inner experiences. In functional settings that provide prevention and treatment, participants can see drama therapy effect change in their behavior, emotional state, personal growth, and skill adaptation.