“By the term “individuation” I mean the psychological process that makes of a human being an “individual” -a unique, indivisible unit or “whole man.”” C. G. Jung
Dramatherapy as a term, comes from the combination of the words “drama” (to act, to do something) and “therapy” (to restore good health, to serve). It is based on the idea that symbolic action through the arts can bring mental balance and catharsis, as Aristotle observed.
It is a psychotherapeutic method that invites you to work with your whole being. It activates the mind, the emotions, the body and the soul. For this reason it is an experiential method that encourages you to actively participate. Its main tools are dialogue and creative expression.
Through symbolism you are encouraged to express yourself, to process difficult experiences, to strengthen neglected parts of yourself, to explore the roles/personas you keep playing in your life, to develop flexibility in dealing with situations and to deeply get to know your true nature (The Self).
The approach to dramatherapy I’m using is Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) which focuses on the human ability to connect and process life experiences through the symbols of myths/fairy tales. It was named after the story “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” which uses the phrase “Open Sesame” to open the door of a cave and reveal the treasures that lay in its depths. Thus, Drama and Movement Therapy can be seen as the key that can unlock the inner world of the person, revealing the riches of their soul and their life resources.
Dramatherapy does not require you to be experienced or talented in the arts. Creative expression emerges through spontaneity and your willingness for inner work.
As a Psychologist Dramatherapist I base my work on analytical psychology, psychodynamic and a personal-centred approach, developmental psychology, theories of comparative mythology and anthropology, and the therapeutic use of movement and theatre.
Dramatherapy is a method that can be applied in one-to-one sessions and in groups, for children and adults of all ages. Its creative tools and theoretical background allows this method of therapy to adapt to individual needs.