Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy is a unique form of art psychotherapy which taps into the healing roots of drama and play

Masks can be used to explore transitions when significant times and events have been unmarked

Dramatherapy

British Association of Dramatherapists (www.badth.co.uk) definition is:
• Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship.
• Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional, and social changes.
• The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context  

Puppet work

Dramatherapy is a unique form of art psychotherapy which taps into the healing roots of drama and play. It is the intentional use of drama/theatre processes that looks to achieve psychological growth and change. Such processes include, but are not exclusive to stories, myth, movement, plays, text, puppetry, masks, and improvisation. With these tools, clients are supported to explore their identity, relationships, and narratives; to address difficult issues; spark personal insight and growth; and enable psychological, emotional, and social change.


Dramatherapy can support individuals who have experienced bereavement

Having previous experience in acting, theatre or drama is by no means a pre-requisite for Dramatherapy to be effective or beneficial. The drive behind this therapeutic process is not creating a performance nor is it actor training, but the emphasis is on the process i.e., on the lived experience of the group and/or individual.
The space provided by the dramatherapist offers an aesthetic distance e.g. a client’s circumstance may be addressed through working with the themes and metaphors within a story and the characters within it rather than directly. This allows exploration without overwhelm.


Dramatherapy is multi-media in its approach. Each dramatherapist’s practice is unique, shaped by individual creative influences and specialist skills e.g. music, singing and voice, visual art and craft processes, story writing & telling.

“Illusion in theatre does not lead to elusion of truth but to confrontation with truth” (Emunah: Acting for Real )

Further information on Dramatherapy can be found on the website for the British Association of Dramatherapy https://www.badth.org.uk/dramatherapy/what-is-dramatherapy   

“Illusion in theatre does not lead to elusion of truth but to confrontation with truth” (Emunah: Acting for Real )

Group dramatherapy

Is suitable for both adults and children. It provides a safe, all-inclusive community environment in which members can explore their own creativity and find expression for thoughts and feelings regardless of ability. The universal language of drama breaks down barriers as other, non-verbal means of communicating are explored and enjoyed such as movement and music. Its potential benefits include:

1. Group bonding
2. Increased tolerance and respect between group members
3. Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
4. developing social, physical and communication skills
5. Providing opportunities to experience roles otherwise denied this client group, such as leader and authority roles.
6. Developing spontaneity and imagination
7. Self expression
8. being able to step outside of a situation and reflect upon it
9. having increased discernment between reactivity and response-ability.  

Tracey Wills - Dramatherapy        tracey@catdevon.org.uk
Gin Farrow-Jones - Dramatherapy    gin@catdevon.org.uk
Caz Hoar - Dramatherapy 
  caz@catdevon.org.uk

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