‘Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.’ C.G. Jung
Dramatherapy is a psychodynamic therapy which involves an active element as well as talking. It provides an arts-based way to help with emotional difficulties and to further self-exploration and well-being. You experiences, feelings and relationships can be explored and expressed physically and imaginatively using art and drama materials and the space in the room. It’s a good medium for children as well as adults and families. No prior experience of drama or the arts is necessary.
Dramatherapy works ‘indirectly’, using the arts to create a ‘safe distance’ to explore difficult issues. It works holistically with the body and mind. Exploring feelings and dynamics through dramatherapy can bring about greater insight and understanding, helping to build a stronger sense of self and direction.
In a dramatherapy session the therapist will listen to you and together you will select creative ways to work. This might include: Sand tray, Improvisation, Working with symbols, Puppets, Movement, Art-making, Working with myths and stories, Role-play. Sessions are client-led. You can choose how you want to work and there is no expectation to work in a particular way.
You might be drawn to dramatherapy to help you with:
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Sexual abuse and trauma
- Relationship difficulties
- Learning disability
- Being at a time of transition and change
MIND recommend dramatherapy as ‘helpful for any kind of mental health problem. This includes conditions which are given the label ‘psychosis’.' N.I.C.E. recommend dramatherapy for the treatment of schizophrenia.