Psychodrama is a form of psychotherapy which can make use of action, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate self-expression and self-awareness. It can be used to gain a better understanding of the roles we play in relationships and the parts of ourselves that are at work internally.
How does Psychodrama work?
Developing a trusting relationship with the therapist is key to the process and you will be encouraged to work at your own pace and trust in yourself. When underpinned with the person-centred approach, everything in psychodrama is an invitation and so it is ok if you prefer just to talk.
One of the ways in which psychodrama works is by allowing you to bring out your internal world and make it concrete. This can help you get perspective, gain insight, and help you see how things are connected. Psychodrama harnesses your creativity and spontaneity to allow you to experiment with different ways of being or to process unfinished business.
Who is psychodrama suitable for?
Psychodrama can be very useful when exploring events or feelings that are difficult to communicate using words alone. If something has been talked about a lot, aspects of psychodrama can be used to connect with and explore the embodied experience that words alone cannot express. It can elicit catharsis, help you gain a new perspective, to explore traumatic events or troubling experiences at a distance. Psychodrama is particularly well suited to those who value creative processes.
What issues or problems are suited to Psychodrama psychotherapy?
Psychodrama can be used with groups and one-to-one sessions. Psychodrama deals with you as a whole person and can be useful when dealing with a wide range of issues including:
- Family and relationships, interpersonal difficulties, relationships
- Personal difficulties, inner conflict
- Self-judgement, guilt, shame