What Is Drama Therapy?

We all know about talk therapy and the general role of traditional therapists i.e the therapeutic processes by the means of which we attempt to increase our psychological well-being with the help of a professional. Amongst the new and innovative types of therapies of recent times, under the humanistic approach model, have been Art therapy and Music therapy.

But what exactly is drama therapy and how is it used for therapeutic purposes?

It is a way for patients to tell or even rewrite their stories by actually acting it out. It’s experiential and a way for catharsis. By performing through drama the inner feelings of patients can be explored. This can positively lead to improving interpersonal relationships in real life by enhancement of such skills in drama.

It is a way for experiment, for innovation, for discovery and for acting out issues and problems. It is more effective than talk therapy. A place where there is a detachment from reality can help gain more perspective about the roles and behaviors in real life.

Participants can explore new personality aspects or even bring to surface old regressed ones. These are the techniques used in drama therapy:

1. Dramatic Projection

Projecting inner feelings onto a theatre role.

2. Personification and Impersonation

Express inner feelings in a role.

3. Interactive Audience and Witnessing

The other participants posing as audience/witnesses.

4. Playing

A way for innovation and discovery.

5. Dramatic-Therapeutic Empathy and Distancing

Engaging and disengaging with the contents that relate to the participants own feelings.

6. Life-Drama Connection

A way of dramatic projection to solve problems.

7. Transformation

Telling a story.

8. Embodiment

Expressing one’s own reality.

9. Therapeutic Transformation Process

And finally using therapeutic process of drama to work on participant’s real life problems.


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