What is Dramatherapy?

‘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.’

British Association of Dramatherapists

Video by Macmillan Education
The therapists are Lynn Cedar and Greg Sturges

Dramatherapy has two elements. The DRAMATIC explores the creative and spontaneous potential of the body and mind, through working with drama-related techniques. The THERAPEUTIC allows the psychological needs of the group to be identified and worked through in a safe and supportive environment and in a non-directive manner. The initial focus is on what each individual brings to the session.

  • Dramatherapy’s underlying intention is to empower all group members to gain a better experience of life.
  • Dramatherapy is an effective means of reducing disadvantage and exclusion through the outcomes it generates.
  • Dramatherapy involves verbal and non-verbal work and makes use of a range of theatrical and dramatic techniques.  Dramatherapy enables service users to cope with change, deal with anxiety, come to terms with loss and develop strong supportive relationships.

“Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social change. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, play text, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a dramatherapist may employ.” British Association of Dramatherapists

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