This book is a concise introduction to the background, theory, and practice of a method of therapy which uses the dramatic process to help people during times of stress, emotional upheaval, illness or disability. Illustrated throughout with vivid examples from dramatherapy sessions, An Introduction to Dramatherapy shows how drama can be used in an intentional and directional way to achieve constructive change with individuals or groups. In particular, the book highlights the power of drama as a therapeutic medium because of its foundations in metaphor, power which can be harnessed through the use of techniques such as role play, enactment, story-telling and the use of puppets and masks.

Applying Dramatherapy

Applying dramatherapy

In dramatherapy, warm-up is a prelude to ‘action’ but action comes in many shapes and sizes. It may comprise one or more structured exercises each with a specific objective. It may be the making and telling of a story or an improvised piece of a theatrical play, the theme of which emerged from the warm-up. Or it may be any one of a number of things. What follows is an account of some of the applied functions of an action phase of dramatherapy and examples appropriate to particular aims.


Like other group approaches to psychotherapy, dramatherapy depends upon group cohesion and at least basic levels of group trust for its efficiency and accomplishment. Without these, the interaction necessary for successful implementation of the ...

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