What is Arts Therapy?
While sessions do use some talking, at in its essence drama therapy uses the:
Symbolic capacity of storytelling, story-making, art-making, play, improvisation and metaphor. This helps the expression and communication of the unconscious, feelings, and internal and relational patterns - often in ways that are beyond words
Interpersonal and relational processes found within play
Experiential learning of role play and embodiment
Distance from therapeutic material through working with symbol, metaphor and projective processes (sandtray, object-play, creative writing, art-making, masks). This helps with building perspectives and insight
Validation of being witnessed
Way that imagination and creativity allow us to find connection with the essence and heart of an experience without being caught up in our heads
Knowledge and memories of the body accessed through movement, music, body awareness and breathwork
Arts therapy is an active and creative approach to psychotherapy. It uses creativity to help express, contain, process, and integrate throughout the therapeutic journey. Arts therapy has four specialisations: drama therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and dance/movement therapy. Drama therapy is the focus of my practice.
Its methods can help build your self-awareness and curiosity, as well as new perspectives and fresh ways of approaching things that you might be finding challenging. It can support the resilience that helps you gently meet these challenges.
You don’t need any previous creative experience because we fully focus on the creative process, not the product. Drama therapy methods are versatile, and can meet your specific needs.
A closer look at Drama Therapy
Creative play in therapy and mental health (an article written by a drama therapist and his client)
‘Tending the Saplings’ (2005) and ‘We don’t fly kites here’ (2010) (2 documentaries about drama therapy in Cape Town)
World Alliance of Drama Therapy