What is Drama Psychotherapy?
A verbal and non-verbal approach to Psychotherapy. This can be helpful for those who are struggling to verbalise their story, individuals with learning disabilities or speech-related needs and those who have experienced trauma. Trauma can disable the Broca, the part of the brain responsible for speech and language processing. Drama Therapy offers alternative ways to share your story, rather than having to solely rely on words.
A way of focusing on the unconscious.
This is essential for those who have suffered trauma. Trauma responses can become embedded into the unconscious thought patterns, neural pathways and the Nervous System, particuarly if trauma was chronic and took place in the developmental years. This means that we can end up navigating life from trauma’s fear responses. However, my approach to Drama Therapy helps you to bring and understand what could be happening for you unconsciously, to consciousness and then offer the space to unpack and learn from this.
Not a Drama or Arts class. You don’t have to be “good” at creating,
but be open to using creativity as a way of expressing yourself.
An indirect approach to your experiences and problems.
Through the use of story, puppetry, play, art-making and role, you are able to feel distanced and therefore safe enough to approach things that could feel painful to look at directly.
An embodied way of working.
My approach to Drama Therapy understands the vitality of activating the body to holistically grow and heal from your past experiences. The body stores trauma, so it’s essential that we give space for the body to speak.
A bottom-up approach to trauma.
As trauma responses can shut down the top part of the brain (responsible for rationality and logic), my approach to Drama Therapy works “bottom-up.” The bottom parts of the brain are responsible for reflexes, memories and automatic survival responses. To help you heal from your traumas, we focus on feeling safe and stabilised before we explore your story. We focus on acknowledging, processing and changing your feelings to understand and shift your behaviours to become more healthier.