Drama therapy is an expressive and embodied therapeutic approach that uses modalities such as psychodrama, sociodrama, improvisation, and role training to help us try on new behaviors, find novel ways to problem solve, and rehearse adaptive responses to difficult situations and challenging relationships. Central to this process is the notion of externalizing and concretizing abstract concepts, symbols, objects, or relationships so they can be viewed with greater objectivity and clarity, and then interacted with them to facilitate new insights and outcomes.
While drama therapy often involves role play to help clients discover hidden strengths and try on new behaviors in a low-risk environment, it can also include contemplative writing, mindful movement, and additional embodied art forms. Through the process of dramatic play, clients can discover choices and context that may not have been previously available to them and address old storylines or narratives that have been playing out unconsciously for years, such “I am unworthy”, “No one will ever understand me”, “I must be perfect in order to be loved”.
By using role play and perspective shifting to deepen understanding, clients can identify and rewrite those narratives in order to gain greater clarity, allowing them to become the author of their own unique stories.
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