Sharing is not as easy as you thought. When you confide in someone, you notice the words don’t come out as they should. You feel you can’t make yourself heard because things don’t seem to make sense. You keep everything inside because you don’t know how to let it out. All you feel is pain. It’s terrible because you want to share yet you feel paralysed. Somehow you freeze up, your memory becomes foggy and you’re confused.
At times like this, you wish that people could help you out by reading your mind. You think to yourself – “It would be so much easier if they could just know what I am going through”. You want clarity. If you were better at communicating, things would feel less like a broken puzzle. All you want is someone who can understand you and help you put things back together so you can move forward.
Fear Can Hold us Back
What stops you from starting counselling is your fear of not being understood, and therefore judged. You’re not comfortable with silence. You don’t want to sit with someone where you’re made to talk the whole way through. That would be awkward.
As a trained and experienced Dramatherapist, I help people like you who need a space to talk and share your story in new and different ways. We’ll find other ways to help you communicate when words alone are not enough. By including creative techniques and action-based methods in therapy, you’ll begin to shift your perspective and gain greater clarity about your situation. When things become clearer for you, the words will come more easily.
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is an expressive form of counselling and psychotherapy.
As defined by The British Association of Dramatherapists,
“Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.”
It is a well-known treatment within the creative arts therapies which include art therapy, music therapy, play therapy, dance and movement therapy. Dramatherapy is recognised by The Department of Health and Social Care and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). This form of creative therapy is widely used with people of all ages and backgrounds in the public sectors (schools, hospitals, prisons) as well as private practice.
Dramatherapy is about giving you a voice and space to express yourself freely. It is not necessary to have an arts or acting background to begin Dramatherapy.
What to Expect in Dramatherapy
Like counselling and psychotherapy, talking is a key component in Dramatherapy. You get to express yourself in more ways than one. If you’re feeling troubled, stuck or at a loss for words, we will find the right outlet for you. For example, we may work with art, objects, storytelling, role play, embodiment and movement.
You will not be judged on your creativity. This type of therapy is about empowering you to express your emotions freely. We only use tools and techniques that help you. You participate in exercises according to your comfort level.
The healing process in therapy needn’t be overly painful or re-traumatising. Working creatively in therapy provides another layer of safety, protection and distancing when it may feel too raw to speak directly about issues and emotions that cause you the most pain and hurt. Working experientially in this way can be powerful and cathartic. Just like a good book or film, the story is not directly about us but can still evoke strong emotions and move us deeply into understanding our own story.
Who Benefits from Dramatherapy
People from all walks of life benefit from Dramatherapy including children, adolescents and adults. In particular, I work with adults who have experienced debilitating mental health issues, histories of addiction, trauma and abuse. Dramatherapy is flexible and we always adapt to different, individual needs.
Dramatherapy helps address:
- confidence and self-esteem issues
- difficult emotions (e.g. grief, anger, shame)
- low sense of self, low self-image and self-worth
- relationship issues and interpersonal conflicts
- stress, burnout and anxiety
- trauma-related issues (psychological, physical, sexual)
Dramatherapy helps you:
- express your thoughts, feelings and actions safely
- develop your verbal and non-verbal communication
- build your confidence and self-esteem
Dramatherapy Changes Lives
Case Study – *Kai’s Story
Kai is a woman in her fifties who lost her husband to cancer after being married for over 25 years. Though supported by loved ones most of the time, her children are all grown up and they live away from the family home. Kai has a few close friends, however, most of them have a full schedule and are busy with work and family commitments. Feeling depressed for some time, Kai’s GP prescribed her antidepressants and recommended that she seek counselling to help her through her bereavement. Kai came to therapy because she found it difficult to cope with her loss and has been feeling quite isolated.
After finding comfort in meeting a Dramatherapist, Kai had the necessary ongoing support to fully process and make sense of her grief and suffering. In the beginning, Kai expressed a lot of sadness and tears, and she often had trouble expressing herself through words. She engaged in mindful breathing and body awareness exercises to feel more grounded. Kai also worked with art materials, objects and images (including bringing her own family photographs into the sessions).
Kai became ready to move forward, and so can you!
As time went on, Kai felt ready to speak directly about her experiences. She often referred back to earlier sessions by reflecting on the creative work and connecting this with her own grieving process. Dramatherapy gave Kai the opportunity to work through her bereavement at a pace that felt right for her. It provided her with a calm, reflective space where she could find some resolution and peace. Learning to live differently has been a difficult process for Kai. However, she has reached a new level of acceptance and can now give herself permission to adapt and focus on herself.
Kai no longer requires antidepressants or therapy. She is more active in her community and motivated to enjoy life again. If you are looking for Dramatherapy for adults, London has a high-quality resource in YTherapy’s professional dramatherapy expert.
Just like Kai, Dramatherapy can help you:
- Build your inner strength, courage and resilience
- Cope with change, transitions, endings and new beginnings
- Find your own answers and resolutions
- Create your future and be at peace with moving on
*Please note: Name and details have been changed and altered to protect the client’s identity. The photograph is for illustrative purposes only and does not identify any clients.
Begin Dramatherapy Treatment for Adults in London
You too can discover the same kind of healing and support Kai found using Dramatherapy. This flexible and adaptive form of creative therapy is waiting for you to unlock the power within your life. When you are ready to begin, follow these simple steps:
- Schedule your free, 30-minute phone consultation.
- Open yourself to the idea of healing in a creative way!
- Live a more confident, expressive life.
Other YTherapy Counselling Services
At YTherapy, I offer counselling for a variety of mental health issues at my therapy offices in Angel and Farringdon, Central London. I enjoy helping individuals from all walks of life. My clients often include people who spend much of their time helping others such as first responders, other counsellors and therapists, and healthcare professionals. Whether you are dealing with trauma or PTSD, stress and burnout, relationship problems or just about any other mental health concern, I would love to assist you in being the very best version of yourself. Contact me today to schedule a free call. Start your healing journey and rediscover joy in your life.