What is Dramatherapy?
Through the years I have spent learning, training, and working in Dramatherapy, I have become very aware of how much discomfort the word "drama" can provoke. So, as a starting point, I like to emphasise that Dramatherapy is not a drama class. It is a creative and integrated psychotherapy.
Creatively, it is based on the techniques and rituals of the art forms of drama and performance, and their various elements, such as movement, character development, improvisation, creative writing, storytelling, directing, etc.
Its integrated approach means that it uses various psychological theories and approaches to best suit the needs of each individual. Examples include psychotherapy, brief counselling, psychodynamic, person-centred, developmental, attachment-based, archetypal, and even coaching.
Using the aesthetic distance and metaphor of drama in therapy, it provides a sense of safety and ability to figure out that 'this is me' and 'this is not me'. Paradoxically, this dramatic distance provides a structure whereby participants become closer to themselves.
What i currently offer
ONLINE DRAMATHERAPY/ CREATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
60 min online sessions
Weekend availability; Monday and Tuesday daytime; Evenings
For an insight into how a session with me would be like, check out this blog post … a session with Ryan.
how I work: Emotions, Archetypes, Narratives
Just like every person is different, so is every Dramatherapist. Some focus more on the body, others more on the mind, some prefer a very theatrical approach, others a more cognitive and rational approach. I would say that I'm cognitively inclined, which means that I use quite a lot of talking therapy, and I'm also equally inclined towards emotions and creativity.
This is what I have learned about myself: I like emotions. I perceive everything through the prism of emotions - their origin, their function, their manifestation. I also love archetypes and the symbolic representation of our inner worlds through archetypal character work. I love writing, and so I love narratives. I tend to look at my life, and my clients' lives, through narratives as well. What is the narrative so far? What would it take to make some changes? What is the origin, function, and manifestation of each of our narratives?
In terms of actual techniques and exercises, my approach consists of creating stories, characters, dialogues, monologues, drawing, painting, and then reflecting on these creations, in order to reach insights and find practical solutions to daily life.
How I can help
One of the greatest advantages that I have as a Dramatherapist, is the capacity to deliver sessions which combine depth, creativity, and emotional containment.
Through this combination, you will experience:
Being more present and grounded
Safe emotional depth
Active imagination and creativity
Through the years, I've also become aware of the different strengths and potential I possess, depending on the people I have worked with:
For women, I have been very helpful in the healing of their relationships with men, specifically and collectively;
For gay men, I have been very helpful in matters of emotional intimacy, managing shame, and self-compassion;
For people with experiences of different types of childhood abuse, I have been very helpful in guiding them through the different stages of healing those wounds;
For people in recovery from addiction, I have been very helpful in helping to manage their day-to-day, finding balance between joy and responsibility;
For people living with HIV, I have been very helpful in re-framing identities, labels, and emotional wounds;
For people with diagnoses of personality disorders, I have been very helpful in exploring their symptoms, preventing lapses, and managing emotions;
For everyone, I have been very helpful in making them feel that they matter, they are loved, they are listened to, that they have a voice, and that they are not alone.