Dramatherapy

Whether you are an individual seeking help or an organization seeking a dramatherapist, please read on to find out more.

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What is Dramatherapy?
Who is it for?
How do I begin Dramatherapy Sessions?
What is a Consultation Session and why do I need one?
What to expect from a Dramatherapy session
Dramatherapy for Children and Young People
Testimonials
Cost and location
My previous work experience
Contact


What is Dramatherapy?

“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.”  British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative techniques as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, the creative techniques (alongside more conventional talking) are used as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

Dramatherapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

Dramatherapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an drama lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in drama.

Although influenced by psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic theory, dramatherapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches, and are therefore integrative practitioners.

The Techniques:

Sitting down together and talking is an important part of dramatherapy and in this way can feel familiar to more conventional therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy.  What makes it different to talking therapies is the intentional use of creative techniques designed to address cognitive and emotional distress.  The client always chooses what methods they use is a session.

Dramatherapy has many therapeutic tools to use such as story and personal narrative work, exploration of a variety of roles, movement, masks, improvisation, poetry, sand-tray, object-play, drawing & painting and voice work.  Difficult and painful experiences can be explored safely through these indirect techniques.  These techniques can gives us new perspectives and insights on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours as we are able to take a step back from the dramatisations and reflect upon what we see.  Sometimes we cannot find the right words to express how we are feeling and so the creative tools can give “voice” to the unspeakable.


Who is it for?

Dramatherapy is very versatile as the dramatherapist listens to the needs of the client and tailors the sessions to best facilitate healing, change and growth.   It is for anyone who is interested in exploring themselves through creative techniques alongside talking.

It can address issues such as…

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  • anxiety
  • depression
  • addiction
  • eating disorders
  • attachment issues
  • self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • low self-esteem & worth
  • relationship problems
  • grief and bereavement
  • feeling lost and without purpose
  • social anxiety and low self-confidence
  • feeling stuck
  • identity issues
  • a desire to be more creative

How do I begin Dramatherapy sessions?

The first step will be to get in touch.

You can call me on 07736 830 322 or email dramatherapy@louiseplatt.co.uk.

Email is fine, but I do recommend that a telephone call is usually better as we can hear each others’ voice and briefly discuss the reasons why you are seeking therapy.  At this point we can then arrange a Consultation Session if you’d like to take it further.


What is a Consultation session and why do I need one?

A consultation session usually lasts 90 minutes and is a time in which we meet and begin to get to know one another. It is a chance for you to get a sense of whether you’d like to work with me. In this time, you will be asked to share the reasons why you are seeking dramatherapy, giving more details based upon what you have shared on the phone. We’ll explore what your hopes and aspirations are. I will ask you a little about your medical history (i.e. medication, previous or current therapy elsewhere). This is also a time in which I will explain how I work, what methods I use and why. It is an opportunity for you to ask me any questions about dramatherapy and the processes I use. Here we will also confirm what your on-going fee would be and payment methods. You will also be told what happens in the event of cancellation, lateness, illness or re-arrangement of a session. We will also discuss how long I think we may need to work together in order for your needs to be met. This will include a discussion on what happens at the end, or when you wish to stop.


What to expect from a Dramatherapy session?

Drama therapy colourfulAs each person is unique, sessions will vary depending on what is needed at that time.
An individual session usually lasts 50-60 minutes. A group session can last between 90-120 minutes.

Individual dramatherapy:

You will have some time to tell me how you are that day and what has happened in your week that feels relevant. From this, we will then move into a chosen method of creative exploration, for example, expressive-movement, imagination, role play, painting/drawing, story. You will be invited to be open to what emerges; to be curious, non-judgmental and interested. We may then spend some time thinking about what has happened within the chosen art-form and what this may mean for you. Each session may have more or less talking or creativity – it depends upon what will serve your needs at that time. You will always be in control of what you do or don’t do.

Group dramatherapy:

The structure of group work is as follows:

Focus – A time to arrive and check in with one another
Warm up – The body, imagination and sense of play will be prepared for the rest of the session
Main Event – Here we will enter into the main creative process, be that story enactment, role play, expressive movement
Bridge Out – Here there will be an opportunity to come back from the land of play and imagination and begin the process of returning to the here and now, bringing back any thoughts, feelings experiences that need attention
Grounding – At the end the group will come back to themselves and prepare to leave


Dramatherapy for Children and Young People

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If you know of a child or young person who you think needs help in some way, dramatherapy can be a very effective form of therapy.

Infants, children and young people naturally communicate and make sense of themselves through the use of play, stories and imagination.  Often they don’t have the right words to explain how they feel.  And so, dramatherapy’s use of play, stories and the imagination already naturally speaks their “language”.  Through guided and safe play, alongside the attentive relationship with a trained dramatherapist, infants and children can start to make sense of their inner worlds and relationships to others through the world of creativity.


 Testimonials

“Thank you for inspiring me, listening to me, respecting me and accepting me.  I always felt safe, secure and free in our sessions.  You have genuinely changed my life.”

“The sessions have helped me. They helped me to ‘explain’ how I feel.”

“I think she was brilliant.  The service users all joined in openly expressing themselves.  I felt this was due to the therapist’s story-telling.  Everyone was sad to see her leave.”


Cost and location

Individual sessions

£45 for a 1 hour session.  Reduced rates can be available upon request depending upon your financial circumstances.

Sessions held at either the Meridian Centre in Billesley, Birmingham or The Birmingham Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling in Bearwood, Birmingham. Please follow the links for location and travel details.

Studio space

Studio

Group sessions

£20 – £40 for a 90-120 minute session.  Rates depend on the size of the group.


Previous work experience

Private Practice

2014 – present day
Individual private dramatherapy sessions

The Woodbourne Priory Hospital

2007 – present day
Group work with adults living with Eating Disorders
Group work with adults living with Addiction and other General Psychiatric Disorders
Group work with adolescents with various Psychiatric and Behavioural needs (2007-2010)

Newbridge House; Treatment for Eating Disorders

2008 – present day
Group work with 9-18 year olds recovering from Eating Disorders
Running training sessions for staff members on “What is Dramatherapy?” & “Working with Metaphor”

Sandwell Women’s Aid

2015 – 2016
Group work with 3-5yr olds who are affected by domestic violence & abuse

Service User & Involvement Team (SUIT), Wolverhampton

2015 – 2016
Running Therapeutic Drama Workshops for adults living in the community who are recovering from Addiction

Headwise

2011 – 2012
Individual Dramatherapy & Research Project with adults living with an Acquired Brain Injury

Shropshire Young Carers

2011
Running Therapeutic Drama Workshops with 11-17yr olds who are Young Carers

Shenley Fields Children’s Centre

2010 – 2011
Co-facilitating Drama & Play therapy sessions with 2-5yr olds living with domestic instability and trauma

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust

2007 – 2010
Group & Individual dramatherapy sessions for those recovering from an Acquired Brain Injury

Primary School, Birmingham

2008
Group Dramatherapy sessions with 8-10yr olds, to promote well-being, social interaction and self-worth

Day Care Centre for Older Adults

2008 – 2009
Group work with Older Adults living with mild-severe Dementia and Alzheimers


Contact

Telephone – 07736 830 322

Email – dramatherapy@louiseplatt.co.uk