What is Drama Therapy?

Drama Therapy is a form of therapeutic treatment that focuses on psychological, social and emotional problems. The aim of drama therapy is to bring these problems to light, to conquer them, to examine them, to decrease or to accept them.

Within drama therapy different forms of theatre and expression techniques are used such as; roleplaying, masks, improvisation, theatre text, directing, games and poetry.

 

The Greek word ‘drama’ means action and that is where the focus lies within drama therapy.

 

Dealing with one’s personal struggles in a ‘playful’ manner can help to offer another perspective on the problems you face.

The drama therapist consciously uses specific techniques to start the process of acceptance and/or healing of difficulties or problems.

Drama therapy is experience oriented. The playful elements used by drama therapist are methodologically integrated with a reflective intuitive process that is inspired by the person undergoing treatment.
This offers one to open up to different ways of expressing emotions, experiences and ideas. The ‘pretend’ situation provides the possibility to experiment with new behaviours in a safe environment.

Drama therapy bases the methods and work forms on existing fields of knowledge like psychology, psychotherapy and special education.

The treatment aims to create changes in thoughts, feelings and coping mechanisms. Through this process one’s issues could resolve, decrease or teach you to deal with them in a healthy mannerism.

At the start of a process concrete goals are chosen. These goals could be; improving communication, the ability to empathise, social interaction, self confidence, self worth and self representation.

Drama therapy can be done individually, in a group, with a partner or with other family relations.