Dramatherapy is a psychosocial therapy belonging to the family of Arts Therapies, each with their own professional body and registered with The Health and Care Professions Council.
The root of the word drama means action. So in essence dramatherapy is about finding creative or active means to express what is the matter. Stories, pictures, physical expression, objects and metaphors are examples of the methods available for the client and therapist as they work together to understand both what is troubling the client but also what can help.
Dramatherapy sessions can be held with groups or individuals, short, mid or long term, with children and adults.
Key principles of using the arts in therapy are that giving a shape and a form to thoughts, feelings and circumstances:
provides relief, a sense of proportion and the capacity to gain control
safely contains the overwhelming
introduces perspective which can bring insight and understanding
shifts the emphasis from verbal exchange to more manageable means of communicating, relating and expressing
helps client and therapist find a shared language that enables the client to connect, find meaning, feel understood and express themselves
enables the client to be active in their therapy, to actualise change rather than talk about or aspire to it
provide creative means with which to remedy experience
Dramatherapy is an integrative approach rooted in many influences; anthropoligical, psychoanalaytical as well as the performing and creative arts.
Developments in neuroscience over the past 20 years has further underpinned and informed practice as we understand better the science of human relationship, development and behaviour to develop a bio-psycho-social paradigm with which to understand ourselves.
This new understanding which confirms more traditional therapy roots lead to Rebekah training in Sherborne Developmental Movement. This enables participants to have a positive experience of being with another, particular the child and care giver, in a way that promotes physical and mental welbeing setting the child up for long term resilience. You can read more about this on other pages.