Dramatherapy for Mental Health
Dramatherapy has many benefits for people with a range of mental health conditions including depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and bipolar.
"Access and participation in the arts are an essential part of our everyday wellbeing and quality of life. Arts therapy has an important role to play in providing better, more personalised care for patients." Source: Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health, September 2008
Dramatherapy combines a session or group that uses creative media with a confidential, therapeutic space to address thoughts, emotions and to explore past and present traumas. This combination offers all the benefits of working with an art form alongside the benefits of a therapeutic and supportive environment. The Dramatherapist may use stories, drama, movement, music, poetry and games in combination or isolation to meet the aims, needs and preferences of the individual and group.
Clients may have tried a range of therapies and Dramatherapy offers a new way of looking at things and a creative outlet, moving away from thinking and discussing problems into expressing emotions through creative media. Not relying on words can help clients who are struggling to express themselves cognitively or those who have not benefited from more verbal therapies. The therapeutic environment can allow clients who are struggling with communication and relationships explore these with an empathic and supportive therapist, one-to-one or in a group.
Dramatherapy works with the part of the client that is functioning and well; building self-esteem, retaining a sense of empowerment over oneself and promoting independence.