What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a form of counselling and psychotherapy approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, accredited by The British Association of Dramatherapists and recognised by The Department of Health and Social Care.
Dramatherapy is an expressive form of psychodynamic psychotherapy commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, and to help build confidence and self-esteem.
Talking is a key component in Dramatherapy. In that sense it has the same foundations as more traditional forms of counselling and psychotherapy. Talking is used alongside action-based methods that connect the mind and body. Together, we use techniques such as: role play, embodiment, movement, art and story-making.
You do not need to have an arts or acting background to engage in Dramatherapy. It is about using all communication channels when words alone may not be enough. It is also about empowering you to express your emotions safely in a non-judgemental space.
How can Dramatherapy help me?
At YTherapy, Dramatherapy can help you work with multiple, complex and historical issues.
If you have been affected by childhood and relational trauma, this creative and holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy can help you share your story.
Dramatherapy can help you express yourself if you are feeling troubled, stuck and at a loss for words. You will be supported to engage with a range of therapeutic tools so that you can work with difficult and painful emotions at a safe distance and at your own pace.
Dramatherapy can help you to:
- become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions
- address the root cause of problems
- understand your past and the way it connects to your present and future
- explore your identity, the roles you play and your relationships
What does a Dramatherapy session look like?
A Dramatherapy session is tailored to meet your specific needs – your mood, your readiness to share and your preferred way of working.
You may choose to use the session to talk where you can share more information about yourself and your situation. You may also choose to work non-verbally and use the space to process your thoughts and feelings through a creative medium (e.g. using objects, working with images, writing a story). As there is no prescribed way of working, each session is led by you.
Usually, a session begins with a check-in with how you are feeling. There may be something specific on your mind you may wish to discuss verbally or explore creatively.
If you decide to work creatively, we will work together in the way you feel most comfortable, enabled and empowered to express yourself. For example, if you are experiencing stress and tension in your body, we may work with body awareness exercises and movement; or if you are wanting to explore your identity and relationships, we may work with story or role play.
At the end of the session, we will take time to wind down and check-out. For example, if you have been working non-verbally using art materials, you may wish to share what you have created and reflect on your process verbally. It is important that you feel grounded and ready to leave the therapy space safely.