What is Drama Therapy?
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 experimental. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, and express feelings.
Drama Therapy is not dressing up and 'acting' in every session. Drama Therapy can help you express your words, feelings, and thoughts that can be difficult to express through speaking alone.
Drama therapy is simply therapy that makes the body speak.
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 Benefits from Drama Therapy?
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, empathy, and it can facilitate healthy relationships.
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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 awkward.
People who have never set foot on stage have benefited from Drama Therapy.
You don’t have to like theater. People who have no interest in theatre have been helped by Drama Therapy.
You don’t have to do anything you are not comfortable doing -- ever. A client is always under the direction of their therapist and with purpose of working on client's desired goals.
The idea of Drama Therapy can seem uncomfortable, but we model and embody roles in our lives every day. (Parent, spouse, sibling, friend, coworker, etc.,) These are the types of roles we explore in Drama Therapy.
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