Dramatherapy is a creative psychological therapy, engaging dramatic techniques and exercises in order to explore the internal world of the individual, and how they relate to the external world around them. Dramatherapy facilitates personal and emotional growth and wellbeing, as well as encouraging self-awareness, developing understanding and insight, building self-esteem and communication skills and giving space for reflection.
At The Holmewood School, dramatherapy is useful in supporting students with low self-esteem, emotional and behavioural difficulties, anxiety, learning inhibitions, and attachment and separation difficulties. It provides a space that allows for exploration of difficulties, contributing to a deeper understanding and acceptance of the self as a whole. Sessions are offered on a one to one basis, either once or twice weekly. Parent support sessions are also available.
Techniques used may include: storytelling, improvisation, characterisation, role play, myth, ritual, soundscape, mask work, movement or projective play.
The British Association for Dramatherapists (BADth) states “dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth”.