•   Dramatherapy

Drama is an approximation and celebration of life. It is the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals.

Through intentional and organized dramatic expression many benefits can be realized. Drama therapy is a recognized and proven therapeutic approach that uses dramatic and theatre techniques to reduce psychological distress, improve happiness and personal growth, and rebuild interpersonal relationships and self-confidence.

Dramatherapy concerns the way we relate to ourselves and other people. This involves our feelings, attitudes, intentions and also our thoughts – the way in which we work things out.

Therapy is based on psychology which is based on a single, unverifiable, undeniable premise: that people have an inner life – some of it conscious and much of it unconscious. This inner life is related to displayed behaviour in a very complicated manner. A special mode of circuitry relates inner life to behaviour; in fact, behaviour is the visible aspect of inner life just as inner life is the invisible aspect of behaviour.

Dramatherapy is a unique approach that resonates with many people. Over time the potential of drama therapy became apparent as its unique approach and application resonated with people of all ages, abilities, cultures, and beliefs, by providing a safe haven for them to express their hopes and dreams, and develop new future alternatives. The use of drama therapy has proven to…

Improve personal growth
Enhance happiness and satisfaction
Reduce distress and mood problems
Relieve grief
Produce insight and catharsis
Give internal strength
Heal

The UK Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Arts Therapists document (2003) describes Dramatherapy as, "a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling, dramatisation, and the performance arts have a central position within the therapeutic relationship.”

Dramatherapy has great value and potential and it is my endeavour to introduce as many people as possible to the principles and concepts that have already enriched and improved many lives. A word of caution: The activity is neither a ‘game’ nor a ‘performance’ (however much it may give the impression) and those involved or planning to get involved must have sufficient background studies in the areas of counselling, psychotherapy, child-psychology and basic medicine.