‘One of the fundamental concepts in Dramatherapy is creativity: the capacity to find new solutions to old problems.’ Herman Smitskamp
Dramatherapy Is a form of arts psychotherapy that focuses on the intentional use of drama and theatre in therapy. Theatre tools such as stories, myths, improvisation and role-play are used for healing.
Dramatherapy is holistic in its approach, which means it is concerned with the whole of you. Your thoughts, feelings, instincts, senses, hopes, dreams, likes and dislikes. The therapist supports the whole of you without judgement.
The physicality of Dramatherapy is an important factor as well as it creates a sense of unity between mind and body. Dramatherapy allows you to step into the being. This being could be acting out characters from your life, inanimate objects, feelings or different parts of yourself.
In a Dramatherapy session, you may be offered to make a body sculpt, given a choice of images or props to help you express what’s troubling you. The creative expression is, however, always client led and the therapist’s role is to support you to find a form of creativity that helps.
Considering having therapy is a big first step. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via phone or email to talk in confidence.
“Trauma is like the sun. It’s too bright to look at so we can’t look at it. But what we can look at are the shadows on the ground” - Carlyn Spring
Trauma symptoms are a normal response to abnormal situations.
Some symptoms of being traumatised can include;
Under-remembering the trauma through amnesia or over-remembering through flashbacks
Implicit (feeling) memories of the trauma such as feeling scared, unsafe and having a constant sense of doom
Feelings of worthlessness and shame
Having sudden intense emotional or physical reactions, such as panic attacks, after encountering a trigger
Unexplained pains in the body
Difficulty sleeping and relaxing
In Trauma Therapy the focus is not on talking about what happened, the focus is on feeling safe.
Coping with the symptoms of trauma can be scary and confusing. Considering having therapy is a big first step. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch via phone or email to talk in confidence.