Dramatherapy uses the creation of fictional stories to engage our imagination, removing us from reality, and allowing us to experience thoughts and feelings which we do not give time for during our lives. The fictional elements of dramatherapy allow participants to explore and experience difficult emotions in an indirectly meaning participants can acknowledge and deal with feelings encountered through the soft-filter of fiction rather. Drama therapy provides opportunities to explore life situations through using imagination, creativity and spontaneity to explore how past experiences have influenced thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the present, which in turn shapes the future. The freedom of this therapy allows the group to see issues from a broader perspective while assisting one another is expression of hidden thoughts and emotions.
Drama Therapy gives freedom to take on different persona and play with desired behavioural patterns
Drama therapy is a therapeutic approach which uses theatrical performance for individuals in therapy to explore and present their feelings, fears, address issues and work towards finding mechanisms to cope with emotional issues. It is an active, experiential approach which is used to assist change through use of storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation and performance. Individuals have the freedom to take on different persona, play with different and desired behavioural patterns, play with emotional interaction, expand and find flexibility between life roles as well as develop the way they would like to be seen in the world and can be beneficial for groups such as families and couples.
Drama Therapy Objectives
The primary aim of drama therapy is to provide individuals with a safe and secure experience that encourages the full expression of their emotions through playful, dramatic activity. The overall aim of drama therapy will vary for each individual, however the principal objective is to promote healing and growth through the use of role playing and dramatic play. As a practice, drama therapy aims to influence positive behavioral changes, increase interpersonal relationship skills, strengthen links between physical and emotional well-being, development of personal growth and self-awareness as well as overall improvements to quality of life.