What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy which uses creative mediums to communicate and explore feelings and issues. Clients can participate in individual or group sessions which may include the use of drama, movement, story, myth, improvisation, voice, play, puppetry, art and music.
‘Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of the healing aspects of drama and theatre as a therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitatecreativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.’ Source: BADTH 2017
‘Dramatherapy uses role play, voice work, movement and storytelling to help clients explore and solve personal and social problems.’ Source: NHS 2017

Who is Dramatherapy for?

Anyone can benefit from drama therapy and there are no requirements for any previous experience in drama or acting. Dramatherapists work with either groups or individuals in a confidential setting where focus is placed on the needs and development of the client(s).

Dramatherapy offers opportunities for healing for a wide range of clients facing different challenges, including, but not limited to:

LEAVES DRAMATHERAPY Bristol• Emotional, social, behavioural challenges
• Mental health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety and stress
• Low confidence and self esteem
• Developmental and attachment issues and disorders
• Bereavement, loss and change
• Special needs
• Addiction
• Eating disorders and self harm
• Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Autistic spectrum disorders
• Dementia
• Psychosis
• Incarceration in prison
• Neurosis and the search for personal growth

For further reading about dramatherapy the badth website is a useful source of information: http://badth.org.uk/