At Muntham House we offer Dramatherapy as a way of working to Support Relational Trauma.
Therapy is often about talking our problems through. Dramatherapy offers something different and unique: the chance to explore challenging feelings that may be holding us back in our lives, learning and relationships, in creative and dynamic ways.
WHAT IS DRAMATHERAPY?
A space to use creative methods to explore personal process using symbolism, metaphors and action methods such as improvisations or characters. It is an intended safe form of reality where we can begin to explore your concerns and rehearse change.
HOW MIGHT DRAMATHERAPY HELP?
Develop a symbolic language.
Experience unacknowledged feelings.
Interact with and integrate those feelings creatively into your personality.
Therapeutic change to take place.
Help to express difficulties in a non-threatening environment.
Be listened to carefully and take your difficulties seriously.
Help you discover how Dramatherapy can empower and provide a new way of experiencing the world.
Help make sense of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
STRENGTHENING OF A SENSE OF SELF
Talking in therapy can sometimes be too confrontational. Or when we encounter trauma or feel dis-ease it cannot always be intellectualised through language. In Dramatherapy the therapist recognises that in order for the client to find relief and therapeutic change they need to address not only their psychological, but also their physical and emotional experience. A Dramatherapist helps a client to find their own language through an art form where something is ‘made’ that can be reflected on rather than the onus being placed so directly on the client. This can give relief through the process of the art form. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and psychological therapy to create methods to engage the client in effecting psychological, emotional and social change.
Dramatherapy can play an essential role in children’s readiness to learn because of it’s relation to psychological and emotional development. A regular programme of Dramatherapy within areas of difficulty such as acting out behaviour, withdrawal, anxiety, low self-esteem and lack of confidence can provide ‘good enough’ experiences and offer a therapeutically safe environment for young people to express their needs in order to build up their ego strength. The ‘hook’ for children and young people is the language and tools of drama and theatre which can make therapy different, playful and more accessible than talking therapies. Key areas identified for therapeutic work include:
Developing a therapeutic relationship that provides a feeling of containment and holding, useful when working around attachment and learning to manage separation and loss.
Working with awareness and boundaries crucial to the development of identity and safety.
Creative expression encourages risk-taking and imaginative enterprise associated with successful learning, it can also provide a containment for emotion that is blocking learning.
The developmental approach is useful for assessment, structuring a programme and explaining the work and moving a child on.
Emotional literacy to help identify difficult feelings in order to begin to successfully integrate them.
Developing a sense of community and responsibility through myth, symbol and theatre work.