Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is the intentional and systematic use of drama and theatre processes and products to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional, cognitive and physical integration, and personal growth. Dramatherapy incorporates diverse theoretical approaches and is action-orientated and experiential in practice, using one or more of the following processes: dramatic play, mime, puppetry, mask work, role play, enactment, ritual, improvisation, storytelling, theatre-making, drama games and text. These approaches aim to facilitate the client’s ability to tell his/her story, solve problems, gain insight into personal behaviours, practice new behaviours, express feelings appropriately, achieve catharsis, improve interpersonal skills, and strengthen the ability to perform personal, social and professional life roles while increasing flexibility between roles. The structure and distance offered by drama allows personal experiences to be reviewed in a metaphorical way. Role play, observation and experimenting with different kinds of behaviours and strategies can help to reconstruct difficult group situations and explore alternative group systems, goals and roles.