What is Dramatherapy ?

Dramatherapists are registered to practise with The Health and Care Professions Council and they adhere to their codes of practice.


For people to benefit from Dramatherapy they do not need to have previous skills in acting, theatre or drama.

Damatherapists are trained to enable clients to find the most suitable and helpful medium for them to engage in group, family or individual therapy to address and resolve, or make troubling issues more bearable.

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and therapists, and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and psychotherapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to the body and mind within the dramatic context.

Stories, myths, playtexts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the clients to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.

Text adapted from information provided by The British Association of Dramatherapists.

For further about Dramatherapy and Dramatherapists go to: www. badth.org.uk.