Dramatherapy

What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a unique approach to psychotherapy that offers active, creative, and playful methods to facilitate exploration, insight, growth and healing. Feelings that arise during therapy can be daunting, and dramatherapy offers alternative modes of expression when it is difficult to express feelings or experiences with words.

Some creative tools that may be used in a dramatherapy session include:

  • Fairy tales, myths, and storytelling

  • Visual art

  • Music

  • Puppets

  • Small objects, such as miniature animals or illustrated cards

  • Movement

  • Masks

  • Play

  • And much more!

Dramatherapy is accessible to everyone across all ages. It requires no artistic or acting ability or previous experience. There is no expectation to ‘perform’ or be put on the spot.The aim is to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace and with your own potential. Using drama or art is not essential, though it can aid the therapeutic process and make the most of the experience of psychotherapy.

Who is it for?

Most anyone can benefit from dramatherapy.

There are some misconceptions that dramatherapy is only for children or people who already consider themselves 'creative'. And it is great for both these groups! But the benefits extend far beyond. Indeed, many adults who feel out of touch with their creativity find the opportunity to be playful and gently reconnect with that side of themselves to be incredibly healing.

We go at your speed, so you control how much and what kind of creative expression you engage with.

Dramatherapy is inherently dynamic and flexible and can be tailored to suit different sensory needs, physical needs, personal histories, and preferences. You can read more about the varied applications of dramatherapy on the website for the British Association of Dramatherapists here.

What to expect

Therapy is an investment of both time and resources, so it is important to work with the right therapist for you. The first step is an initial consultation; in this step, we will discuss what brings you to therapy, what you hope to get out of it, and generally get to know each other a bit to determine if we could be a good fit for working together. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about me or how I work.

We can approach the work in an open-ended way with regular reviews, or we can agree on an initial 'block', e.g. 6 or 8 sessions, after which we can evaluate and decide how to proceed.

Sessions are 50 minutes long. They generally take place weekly at the same time each week where possible. This is to maintain the pace and rhythm of the work.

The structure of the sessions is tailored to you and can include a mix of talking and creative activities.

It is completely normal to feel nervous when starting therapy! It can stir up many emotions and you may leave a session feeling any number of feelings, including relieved, drained, energised, overwhelmed, or frustrated. This is normal, and you may find it helpful to take some time between sessions to journal, doodle, practice yoga, or just take a moment of stillness in order to help metabolise some of the emotions that emerge.

Though it is focused on you, therapy is a relationship and you have the right to give feedback about what you feel is helpful or not helpful and ask for what you need. The work we do is a collaboration, and you know yourself best!

Fees

Initial 20 minute consultation | Free

Individual therapy session (50 minutes) | £60

Low-cost clinical supervision available through March 2022 | Get in touch for details

Concession rates available for trainee therapists