What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a unique form of art psychotherapy which utilises the healing roots of drama. Dramatherapy invites creativity of body and mind by using stories, myth, movement, plays, text, puppetry, masks and improvisation as therapeutic tools. The aim of Dramatherapy is to allow the client to creatively explore their identity, relationships and narratives, to address difficult issues, spark personal insight and growth and enable psychological, emotional and social change. 

Having previous experience in acting, theatre or drama is not something that Dramatherapy needs in order to be effective. The drive behind this therapeutic process is not a performance nor professional acting training but an emphasis on the lived experience of the group and individual. Dramatherapists have a playful, active and holistic approach which can be helpful in developing a person's emotional growth. Working together with the therapist to create a safe environment, the client can connect deeply with parts of themselves and even discover new ones.

If you would like to look for a Dramatherapist for yourself or someone else, you can go to our ‘Find a Therapist’ page to search by region and specialisms. All of our listed Dramatherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and have included their credentials along with their contact information.