Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. 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. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; play, stories, myths, texts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach. Dramatherapy incorporates all aspects of creative interaction and expression. Creative expression has its roots in play. Using play helps pupils to externalise their internal world and make sense of the external world.
Lisa is registered with the Health Care Professions Council and has 20 years’ experience of working therapeutically with children and adults. Lisa trained in Arts Therapies in 1998 and went on to complete a Masters in Dramatherapy. Lisa is a senior dramatherapist and consulting DDP informed therapist working with families and children across the South of England around adoption and foster care. Principles from Dyadic Developmental Practice training offer a framework for therapy, parenting and teaching children who have experienced complex relational trauma with the emphasis on repair and relating this to all relationships and wider attachments.
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