Dramatherapy in action

Dramatherapy helps people to work through personal and social problems.  Through drama, people can explore their experiences, communicate feelings, develop confidence and build relationships.

We visited Sarah Mann Shaw, a registered dramatherapist, to see how she uses the therapeutic aspects of drama and theatre.  It’s not about being a good actor.  Instead, Sarah creates a safe environment where her clients feel able to experiment freely.  She uses stories, mimes, movement, dance and many other methods.

Even if the drama doesn’t focus on a client’s personal problems, the process of creating it is a form of therapy.  It can also be fun – and that’s helpful in itself.

Sarah talked about her role and the personal qualities dramatherapists need.  You can find lots more information on the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) website.

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