How does Dramatherapy Work?

Dramatherapy uses drama techniques and integrates several forms of expression i.e. movement, voice, body language, enactment, art and music. Ideas, issues and problems are explored in a safe and contained environment. The emphasis is not on performance but on the experience gained during the process.

Who can benefit from Dramatherapy?

  • Children in need of Intervention
  • Special Needs
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Elderly
  • Service Users of Residential Institutions
  • Anyone who wants to focus on a specific issue in a creative way

Aims of a Dramatherapy Session

  • To explore ideas, issues and problems
  • To express and explore feelings around these
  • To develop spontaneity, imagination and creativity
  • To improve self-image and self-confidence
  • To develop personal growth and Social and Relationship Skills

What are the Benefits of Dramatherapy?

  • Facilitates personal growth, expression and insight
  • Enhances Emotional Stability and Strength
  • Encourages Reflective Skills
  • Facilitates communication in creative ways
  • Clients can try out new life roles within the sessions
  • Growth is at a conscious and unconscious level
  • Facilitates an awakening of Creativity
  • Gives unbiased support for the client
  • Provides an opportunity for clients to know other clients on a deeper and more personal level
  • Provides Freedom of Expression
  • A sense of Empowerment for the individual can be achieved
  • Gives a sense of community
  • Provides escapism, enjoyment and fun
  • Dramatherapy is a Confidential Service and it provides a sense of space where personal issues can be explored without fear

Issues which can be addressed through Dramatherapy

  • Low Self-Esteem and Lack of Confidence
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Trauma and Rehabilitation
  • It can remove blocks to progress and growth in a client
  • Bullying
  • Racism
  • Conflict Resolution and Respect
  • Lack of Tolerance

Methods Utilised

  • Spontaneous Dramatic Play through Drama Games and Improvisation
  • Mime and Masks
  • Role Play and Scripts
  • Myths and Story Making
  • Metaphor and Symbolism
  • Puppets and Miniature Objects
  • Playback Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Relaxation and visualisation

What a Dramatherapist can bring to a Client?

  • Establishment of a Relationship and Trust
  • Confidentiality
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Support
  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Use of Metaphors for Personal Insights
  • Containment of Client and their emotions
  • A safe space