Dramatherapy belongs to the family of the arts therapies alongside music, art, and dance and movement therapies. Dramatherapy offers an opportunity to communicate and explore personal issues from a different perspective. It offers alternative and creative ways to communicate, explore and understand what might be difficult or/and too overwhelming to articulate in words.
Dramatherapy makes use of a variety of techniques and methods to help address our deepest concerns. These may include the use of embodiment, projective play, dramatic play, masks, puppets, improvisation, storytelling or story making.
Dramatherapy is an active form of psychotherapy that encourages the creative expression of thoughts and feelings and that can lead to insights and help make problems more manageable. Dramatherapy encourages the use of metaphors and enables the exploration and understanding of difficult issues at a distance. It mobilises the inner imaginative and creative ressources of the individual who becomes more robust and better equipped to deal with situations arising in life.
Psychodrama is an action method created by Dr J.L. Moreno in the 1920s-40s and now recognised internationally as a form of psychotherapy.
Moreno defined psychodrama as “the science which explores the ‘truth’ by dramatic methods.” It deals with inter-personal relations and private worlds.
With psychodrama we look at the different roles we are playing in life, in different situations, some under-developed, some over-developed and some that need to emerge.
The use of role analysis in this psychotherapeutic approach helps to examine role dynamics at the intrapsychic, interpersonal, socio-cultural levels of interactions.
Psychodrama helps to identify those roles in order to increase one’s ability to achieve a more balanced life.