What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a psychological therapy which uses drama and the arts. 'Dramatherapy' is a protected term by the Health Professionals Council (HPC). All practicing dramatherapists have undergone extensive training (to Masters level), which includes their own therapy and are registered with the HPC. Dramatherapists usually see clients weekly, at an agreed time and place. Dramatherapists are required to have regular supervision and to maintain Continual Professional Development (CPD).
Dramatherapy as a profession is a fairly recent phenomena, it started to gain ground in the UK in 1960s and 70s, though arguably theatre and the arts have been used in healing and ritual for milennia. Dramatherapy is now a recognised profession in the UK and around the world. It is available to some patients through the NHS and dramatherapists can be found in many schools, prisons, hospitals and communities throughout the country.
When looking for a dramatherapist, it is worthwhile noting that different dramatherapists will work in different ways, both theoretically and practically. Theoretically, some dramatherapists regard unconscious processes as important, whilst others see the here-and-now conscious relationship between the therapist and client as key. Some dramatherapists use improvisation and spontaneous movement, whilst other therapists may introduce myth or story into a session. It is worthwhile discussing this with your therapist before commencement of the work. The most important thing is whether you feel you can work honestly and creatively with your dramatherapist.
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