Dramatherapy is a creative and imaginative way of working therapeutically
Dramatherapy is a unique form of psychotherapy.
Dramatherapists use a variety of interventions to help clients explore their experiences, tell their stories, and express themselves in a way that might be easier than directly talking about it. Through the use of story, myth, play, imagination, objects, and character creation, a safe distance is generated for clients to explore and reflect on difficult and painful life experiences and feelings in a symbolic and indirect way.
"Clients who are referred to a Dramatherapist do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama. Dramatherapists are trained to enable clients to find the most suitable medium for them to engage in group 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."
- British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), 2019
Dramatherapists are highly trained allied health professionals (AHPs). Dramatherapists hold a Masters degree in Dramatherapy and have a high level of skill in drama and theatre. Many will have studied drama or theatre at a university or a drama school before undertaking Dramatherapy training. They are clinicians as well as artists.
Like other arts therapists (such as Art and Music Therapists), qualified Dramatherapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This national regulator holds a register of health and care professionals who meet their Standards of Proficiency and who are bound by their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
The title 'Dramatherapist' is a protected title by law and only those registered with the HCPC can use it.
Registered Dramatherapists undertake Continuing Professional Development to ensure that they are aware of new clinical developments and research that can support and enhance their practice. They must also have regular clinical supervision to support their practice.
All Bloom Dramatherapists are registered, fully insured, and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.