Dramatherapy is a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity has a central position within the therapeutic relationship. Clients engage in action techniques such as movement, play, voice, role-play, improvisation, games, storytelling, masks, puppetry, art or some individuals work more verbally using metaphor to aid insight and perception.
Dramatherapists work effectively and efficiently with the client, respecting them for who they are and offering support for their journey. The therapeutic goals are symptom relief, emotional and physical integration, and personal growth. The therapist uses the creative media to help clients explore their life stories in order to gain insight and resolve or make troubling issues bearable, to aid the developmental processes, reverse negative brain patterns and affect positive behavioural changes to heal damage caused by difficulties or abuse in childhood. Clients may address issues such as loss, abuse – emotional/sexual/physical, anxiety, relationships, attachment, offending behaviour, addiction, self-harm, trauma and low-self esteem issues.
The dramatherapist uses different models of dramatherapy to respond to the specific needs of the client, who may be in individual or group therapy. Although children, young people or adults often come to Dramatherapy with difficult and confused feelings, the sessions can be playful and fun. The Dramatherapist endeavours to view the world through the individuals eyes, that way they can empower them and facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.