“Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. Participants can expand their repertoire of dramatic roles to find that their own life roles have been strengthened.” – North American Drama Therapy Association
As adults, we tend to live most of the time in the logical, left brain, leaving the emotion-filled creative right brain in the shadow of our childhood. Sometimes we get stuck in limited roles and forget that there are many parts to who we are as individuals. This may leave us feeling empty, incomplete or unseen. A specialization within the Creative Arts Therapies (also referred to as Expressive Arts Therapy), Drama Therapy allows for a safe and supportive space to improvise and rehearse the roles and experiences we want to integrate more into our lives in order to feel whole, creating a new narrative for our lives.
Drama therapy uses both verbal and non-verbal approaches such as art, improvisation, music, photography, poetry, script writing, and/or movement, making it uniquely useful in working with children and teens who may still be figuring out how to verbally communicate feelings and emotionally regulate and for adults who have felt limited relief from traditional talk therapy.
I use Drama Therapy with my private practice clients as well as with organizations that may benefit from working with a drama therapist for groups, workshops or trainings. Some examples of groups and trainings that I have created and facilitated include:
- Drama Therapy for Women’s Wellness
- Creative Drama for kids 4-7
- Drama Therapy for kids 8-12
- Introduction to Drama Therapy
- Therapeutic Improvisation