Drama Therapy is one of the creative arts therapies; this means it uses elements of drama and creative techniques to achieve therapeutic outcomes. The aim is to offer a safe space for expression and reflection in a safe environment.
Drama Therapy uses a language that the students understand in order for them to express themselves and look at the issues within their lives. Group work offers a chance to connect with others and share experiences, often students realise that they are not alone in their experiences and this reduces feelings of isolation.
Drama Therapy can be brief or long term and has its heart in the therapeutic relationship; support supporting and nurturing personal growth.
The focus is on the process rather than producing a piece of performance. Drama Therapy invites students to work spontaneously using a variety of verbal and non-verbal techniques which may include:
- Drama games
- Creating or using stories
- Drawing and sculpting
- Enacting and embodying characters and roles
- Movement and body work
- Voice work
Emphasis on choice is promoted to establish a sense of ownership for each person with their work.
- To build confidence and enhance self-esteem
- To promote self-awareness
- To offer different perspectives
- To reduce feelings of isolation
- To provide a space to express different sides of the self
- To gain insight into behaviour
- Will be created according to the inclinations of the group or individual
- All Drama therapists at Rowan Tree are fully qualified and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council