When facing problems it is often difficult to express ourselves in a solely verbal way. Unconscious defences can inhibit real engagement with therapy and therefore can fall short of reflecting our true feelings.
Fortunately, psychotherapy has adapted by integrating techniques that draw on drama, sandtray, art, movement, play, myths, and story that can, with a more playful approach, get straight to the root of the issue. You don't need to have any special ability in such 'Arts' - they are just helpful tools that aid access to the unconscious. Then together we will set about transforming harmful narratives in a safe and facilitating environment.
Dramatherapy is one of the four accredited Creative Arts Psychotherapies, the other three being Dance & Movement Therapy, Art Therapy and Music Therapy.
The arts therapies are different from play therapy because they integrate knowledge of art with principles of psychotherapy and related fields (Psychotherapy Today).
To work in the United Kingdom and use the title Dramatherapist the practitioner must have completed recognised professional training to MA level. They must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
What to expect
I provide a free initial consultation over the phone. This is an opportunity to ask questions, exchange information and to help to decide if this kind of therapy would be useful for you.
A course of a minimum of 8 one-hour sessions
takes place on the same day and at the same time each week.