What Is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy falls under the umbrella of the Creative Arts Psychotherapies whereby the psychological and psychotherapeutic relationship between the client(s) and registered Dramatherapist is developed to work through the issues being presented to therapy through a structure which includes; talking therapy, use of stories and storytelling, props and materials, metaphor, imagery, art, play, poetry, music, mindfulness, movement and other creative interventions which the Dramatherapist invites into the treatment.

There is often a misconception that in order to access this form of Creative Arts therapy, a person would have to be a keen actor or have an interest in theatre.  This is not the case.  After engaging in the Chemistry Consultation with the Dramatherapist at Awakening Therapy and Development Services Ltd, it will be established if Dramatherapy is the right approach for you.

Dramatherapy was first initiated by Jacob Moreno in the 1920s who was a psychiatrist and had a keen interest in theatre.  He combined the two approaches, then  coined the term ‘psychodrama’.  Since then, the development into today’s Dramatherapy uses some baseline concepts from Moreno’s approach and theory to treat clients who are experiencing issues from both historical trauma to presenting life issues.

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Life Is A Stage, God is the Director, We are the Actors….Shakespeare

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I teach people that no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your presence if you just stay within your center.

Deepak Chopra

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 “Drama is exposure; it is confrontation; it is contradiction and it leads to analysis, construction, recognition, and eventually to an awakening of understanding.” Peter Brook

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 “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…”

William Shakespeare, ‘As You Like It’.

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We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

George Bernard Shaw

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Every emotion that is in the human mind is there for a positive reason, and they must be used for positive reasons, anger is a positive emotion if it is used correctly, so is aggression. God did not put anger and aggression in you just for negative purposes alone.

Dr. Amos Wilson

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“I started working with Judy after the passing of my grandmother and my other grandmother having a stroke within the same week and both of my grandmothers living in Caribbean  and all of this happening in the height of covid. This was a really tough time for me and Judy really help me understand my emotions and make peace with my feelings and emotions, and I am someone that has always been entuned with my emotions, but I wasn’t able to get past the emotional rut I was in with the knowledge I already had. 

Judy provided me with great tools and really brought me to another level of peace and understanding of who I am, how I feel and how I react to things that were happening to the people around me. 

As I continue working with Judy, I have really seen my emotional growth and have learned to work through hard life moments in a way that doesn’t hold me in an uncomfortable place.

I am always praising therapy from the direct results of my experience working with Judy, I trust that she will always provide a safe space for me to feel able to lay bare emotionally, but yet providing lessons or hard truths in a compassionate and honest way.”

Training & Qualifications

  • Bsc Hons Psychology and Counselling (Roehampton)
  • MA Dramatherapy (Roehampton)
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Terapia)
  • Couples Counselling Accreditation (Tavistock and Portman)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing technique) trained at EMDR Works