How can dramatherapy heal trauma?

How can dramatherapy heal trauma?

We know that there is no one-size-fits all in terms of achieving good mental health. What works for you might not work for me, and vice-versa. However, it’s very likely that if we try to access mental health support through a quick therapists directory search, we may end up doing counselling or cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). While these practices have shown incredible results for a lot of people, they may not be what we need right now.

When words are not enough

If you feel like words are not enough to express what you’re going through, or may not be quite able to put your finger on what’s off -  you may want to consider more creative practices, where words are complemented by more creative, non-verbal means of communication. Dramatherapy is one of these practices.

What is dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy engages images, objects and symbols, plays, stories and poems. All of these can hold something of our inner reality of experiences. Through metaphor, embodiment and role-play, one can make significant progress in their process of self-discovery, sense-making and healing.

“Dramatherapy is a holistic, client-centered, active and engaging form of therapy. Sessions include a wide range of creative activities such as storytelling, role-play, art, music, and movement. Dramatherapy does not require acting skills or involve performance, but it is an experiential way to explore personal concerns, express emotions and solve problems. It marries the understandings of Jungian psychology and theatre and play

- Charity Miller, dramatherapist and founder of Agape Theatre

It’s equally a science and an art, and it has been shown to reliably improve self-esteem, regulate emotions and help with a variety of mental health conditions, from depression and anxiety to addictions and issues around sexuality and even dementia. It’s for people of all ages.

You can learn more about Charity’s work here and learn more about our mental health and wellbeing services at Augmentive here.

Photo: Charity Miller, Agape Theatre

Want to learn more about creative therapy practices? Also check our article on art therapy and music therapy and learn more about how we can help you find your rhythm here. Have a question? Email