Improving Quality of Life
Expression of Emotion
Drama Therapy helps People with:
Anxiety & Depression
A few things drama therapy can do:
Some specific benefits likely to be achieved in drama therapy with children and adults include reducing feelings of isolation, developing new coping skills and patterns, broadening the range of expression of feelings, experiencing improved self-esteem and self-worth, increasing sense of play and spontaneity, and developing relationships. According to Erikson and other theorists, play allows children to gain mastery over conflicts and anxieties.
Drama therapy provides a developmentally appropriate means of processing events with children and adolescent for whom verbal methods alone may be insufficient. It taps into their natural propensity toward action and utilizes it to engage children in play as a means of safely exploring issues and painful feelings. Because the drama therapist is willing to meet the child at whatever space they are in, be it angry, frustrated, refusing to talk, etc. Because drama therapy accesses the imagination, it is a safe and familiar method for young people. This is particularly true for those who have a hard time trusting or connecting with adults or who might otherwise struggle in conventional therapy
Because it is action-oriented, Drama therapy allows clients to act out negative behaviors and consider their harmful impact in a more concrete way that traditional treatment approaches, without consequences. Clients are urged not to rationalize or deny issues; rather, through the dramatic process, they are challenged to face their issues directly and truthfully.
Through drama therapy, clients have the opportunity to practice new skills, such as meeting a new friend or talking to a parent, child or spouse, and to imagine and take on new roles, such as a more confident self. In addition, techniques such as role-play and improvisation offer clients a fresh perspective on their behaviors, choices and relationships. Clients explore and develop their innate strengths through theatrical techniques that offer the distance necessary to consider their issues without feeling overwhelmed.
Drama Therapy addresses developmental issues brought on by traumas through storytelling and embodiment, meeting clients where they are and helping them mature in an organic, patient, and creative manner.
WHAT IS THE NORTH AMERICAN DRAMA THERAPY ASSOCIATION?
The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization incorporated in 1979 to establish and uphold high standards of professional competence and ethics among drama therapists; to develop criteria for training and registration; to sponsor publications and conferences; and to promote the profession of drama therapy through information and advocacy. The Association serves professionals and students in the United States and Canada, and the organization includes members throughout the world.