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WHAT IS DRAMA THERAPY?

Dramatherapy uses an indirect approach of therapy by working with clients through a metaphor. It employs different techniques from drama like role-play, story-telling, masks and puppets. It provides people the space to engage in an imaginary world with themes that might be similar to the problems they are facing and come up with solutions to help them deal with their issues in their real lives.

HOW IT WORKS?

It is easiest to be yourself when people think you’re someone else, or so the adage goes. Dramatherapy works on a similar principal where it helps clients express themselves while behind the mask of a character. The mask lends a sense of anonymity to the client, giving them the freedom to express themselves without inhibition. This often leads to a cathartic release of all the pent up emotions they had closed inside themselves.

TECHNIQUES

Dramatherapy uses various techniques to help aid clients. Some of these are:

ROLE PLAY
ROLE PLAY
The dramatherapist may engage in role-play with a client wherein they help them play different characters and explore the story through different eyes.
STORIES
STORIES
During a dramatherapy session, it is common to employ stories with themes that are similar to the issues faced by the client. These stories may be known or unknown to the client, or may be created by the clients themselves.
MOVEMENT
MOVEMENT
It often helps clients to express themselves through their bodies and movement in a therapy session. While speaking of movement, it does not necessarily mean dance. For example, the client might find it helpful to relieve his/her frustration my moving around the room stomping or punching in the air, in a controlled and safe environment.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PLAY
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PLAY
Using different forms of speech and voice is a very common method in dramatherapy. Clients may choose to express themselves through different types of sounds including whispers, shouting, singing or even creating their own language of communication like gibberish.
GAMES
GAMES
Games are very useful icebreakers in dramatherapy sessions. They could range from verbal word-association games to board games, card games and ball-throwing games. Many clients make up their own games to express themselves better during the session.

global recognition

  • Forgive me, but what is the purpose of drama but catharsis?

    Edward Zwick, FILMAKER
  • Many years ago, when I was working on Broadway, I used to go to a drug rehabilitation centre on Sundays. I didn't lecture them against the perils of drug-taking; I gave them drama therapy.

    Diana Rigg, ACTRESS
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