What is drama therapy?

Drama therapy works on the belief that engaging with fictional narratives can help people filter and process their personal emotions. The medium of drama acts as a kind of cushion against the emotions experienced, protecting those involved from becoming overwhelmed, whilst still encouraging them to experience the emotions as they arise. Drama therapy also offers a space in which people may express emotions they would not usually; doing so often results in a sense of catharsis. 

Drama therapy is often group-based but can be one-to-one also. 

Who benefits from drama therapy?

Drama therapy can be very useful for those feeling stuck; there is a sense of freedom in drama therapy which many can find cathartic and liberating. The indirect manner employed to deal with emotions makes drama therapy suitable for those who struggle with facing their emotions and problems head-on. 

Drama therapy can be used to solve problems, understand a personal experience or life event, gain better understanding of yourself and overcome unhelpful emotions or patterns of behaviour. 

Drama therapy can be helpful for building self-confidence and a sense of trust in your environment. This can be beneficial for those with an addiction or anxiety. The interpersonal nature of drama therapy also makes it helpful for those who struggle with their relationships. The physicality of drama therapy is an important factor which can promote a sense of unity between mind and body; this can be useful in treating those who physically self-harm or who feel uncomfortable in their body.

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Last updated on September 3 2015