What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative approaches to facilitate expression, healing and growth. The arts based techniques, including but not limited to drawing, movement, and voice, are used with a therapeutic intention and enables individuals to safely express and explore their life experiences, thoughts and feelings. This creative process is tailored to the needs of each individual and can be offered 1:1, in groups and for families.
Who Benefits from Dramatherapy?
Any child, adolescent or adult experiencing emotional, psychological, behavioral and/or relational/social difficulties can benefit from Dramatherapy. It has been empirically proven to be effective for a variety of difficulties, such as loss, trauma, abuse, mental health challenges, relationship difficulties, parenting, transitions, low self-esteem, substance misuse, self-harm, autism, and disabilities.
What does Dramatherapy consist of?
An individual in Dramatherapy may work with their body and mind, in verbal and non-verbal ways and have access to a wide range of creative approaches including arts, play, stories, metaphor, movement, role-play and music. Clients will be helped to use these creative mediums to explore and work through difficulties they may have. Previous experience or skill in the arts/drama is not needed.
What can Dramatherapy help with?
- Behavioral difficulties (aggression, self-harm, substance misuse)
- Emotional & psychological difficulties (transition, depression, anxiety, loss or trauma, low self-esteem)
- Disabilities (physical & learning needs, autism)
- Relationships, family hardship, and social challenges
What is the First Step?
When you contact us, an Intake Specialist will discuss your needs and concerns with you over the phone. They will then consult with our team of specialists to match you with the most suitable professional to support you or your child, or, in some special cases, directly book an appointment for you.
If Dramatherapy is deemed the best match, you will then meet with the specialist(s) for an intake meeting, during which they will work with you to determine the most appropriate next steps. For children, the intake meeting usually involves a parent interview, an observation of your child, or a screening activity with your child.
Note: For Dramatherapy services, there can occasionally be cases where appointments can be booked directly, either through your organization or through the therapist. Please follow any instructions your organization or therapist gives you for booking an appointment.