I have been working at rehab facilities for the past five years providing group therapy on topics including self esteem, assertiveness, anger management, PTSD, mental health issues, substance abuse and nutrition. As an experienced group therapist, I have the confidence and leadership skills to both engage and encourage clients to open up to share meaningful aspects of themselves necessary for growth and recovery.
The past two years I have been studying extensively the creative arts including poetry and drama therapy. I have been utilizing drama therapy groups in my treatment of clients with a history of substance abuse/ mental health and/or PTSD. The results have been tremendous!! I have seen clients who have refused to participate in past groups come alive after being engaged in drama improv exercises. Drama therapy is a new passion of mine, which I would love to share within the recovery communities for substance abuse and mental health as well as groups for promoting healthy self esteem/ self identity. I will be completing a Therapeutic Theatre Intensive at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Downer’s Grove, Illinois in June 2018, and will be gaining continuing education hours as well as more experience in how to facilitate drama therapy groups in the future.
What is Drama Therapy?
Drama therapy is a treatment approach that provides a theatrical platform for people in therapy to express their feelings, solve problems, and achieve therapeutic goals.
The North American Drama Therapy Association defines the therapy as “an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in a relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.” According to Renee Emunah, author of “Acting for Real: Drama Therapy Process, Technique, and Performance,” drama therapy is the intentional and systemic use of drama/theatre processes to achieve psychological growth and change. The tools are derived from theater, the goals are rooted in psychotherapy.” Drama therapy in essence marries theatre and psychotherapy, and differs from psychodrama in that drama therapy does not always enact personal issues but focuses more on the role play, reenactment, improvisation, theater games, story telling, mask work, mime, and scripted scenes.