What is Drama Therapy?
Lets start by saying what it is not---Drama therapy is NOT dressing up and 'acting' every session. Now--Drama therapy simply is "therapy that makes the body speak"
Drama therapy can help one express words/feelings/thoughts that are difficult to express through words alone.
Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is an embodied practice that is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings.
Drama therapy can use play and pretend if that is what is needed. In doing so we can —for the moment in time----act in new ways and explore desired goals.
Who could benefit?
Drama therapy is beneficial for individuals, families, and businesses (communities) struggling with transition, loss, social stigmatization, isolation, and conflict. It is an effective option for the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression, and addiction, among other conditions. Drama therapy can promote positive changes in mood, insight, and empathy, and it can facilitates healthy relationships.
I am happy and proud to say that I am the only African American Registered Drama Therapist in West Central Indiana. Let's make history together!
You have to be good at acting to do drama therapy
You have to like theatre or be involved in theatre to do drama therapy
You have to act like someone else to do drama therapy
Doing roles is going to be weird and abnormal
People who have never set food on stage have benefited from drama therapy.
You don’t have to like theater. People who have no interest in theatre has gotten help from using drama therapy
You don’t have to do anything you are not comfortable doing----in drama therapy or any session. A person would only role play under directing of therapist and with purpose of working on clients desired goals. (There are other drama therapy techniques used besides role playing)
The idea of role play/role reversal can seem weird but we model roles and embody roles in our lives everyday. (Parent, spouse, sister, brother, friend, coworker, etc..) These are the roles we explore in drama therapy. Desired roles are also explored--- Business owner, confident person(if not already confident), etc.