What is Drama Therapy?

Drama therapy is the systematic and intentional use of drama/theatre processes and products to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional and physical integration, and personal growth. Drama therapy is an active, experiential approach that facilitates the client's ability to tell his/her story, solve problems, set goals, express feelings appropriately, achieve catharsis, extend the depth and breadth of inner experience, improve interpersonal skills and relationships, and strengthen the ability to perform personal life roles while increasing flexibility between roles. (http://www.nadta.org)


CLIENTS WHO ENGAGE IN DRAMA THERAPY WILL DEVELOP THE FOLLOWING:

  • Positive self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline. Clients often act according to the role to them by society, family peers, and self. Through performance, they are reminded of their humanity, strengths, potential, and values.

  • Communication and social skills. Clients have the opportunity to create new relationships and to repair or mourn broken relationships from their past.

  • Healthy living alternatives and skill building. Through behavior rehearsals, clients practice and develop the skills necessary to live a fuller, healthier life.