What is Creative Arts Psychotherapy
Creative Arts Therapies includes Dramatherapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Play Therapy.
As well as talking therapy I specialise in Dramatherapy
- A Creative Arts Psychotherapy which includes all of the above.
Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their training's in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, play-texts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.
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. Definition by British Association of Dramatherapy.
We have extensive experience in anxiety management, stress coping skills, anger issues, depression, addictions, relationships, identity issues, family problems, dating, self-confidence, sexual issues and associated unconscious work. We offer our clients talking therapy as well as the option to get out of their chair in order to, in a 3D manner, explore relevant issues through the art form of role-play, drama, movement, voice, story-telling, story-enactment, improvisation, puppetry, drumming, the playing of instruments, drawing and making music - all in relation to what the client is comfortable with.
Words versus creative expression
Creative exercises can be particularly useful when words are disguising, rather than revealing, the meaning of our experience to ourselves and others.
Words are traditional objects - that is they act as the powerful bridge between our private, internal, subjective experience and publicly communicating that. Our words, at best, communicate in a way that, while being a true enough representation of what we are experiencing internally, can also be understood by others; using shared concepts and symbols. If we achieve sufficient communication, we can engage with a subject together in a mutually satisfying way. In other words, we are in touch with each other's senses through moving conversations - we share visions, fight true battles or move in harmony or counter point.
Exercises which revive and contact the senses help us to rediscover more accurate and expressive words to communicate information to ourselves and to 'the other'.
Unconditional Positive Regard
'It means that the therapist is listening attentively and caring for his client. He prizes his client as a unique, worthwhile and valued human being. This does not mean that therapists have to approve of everything their clients do. It means that the therapist understands and accepts people, as non judgmentally as possible.
Carl Rogers believed that if relationships can be created which are genuine and transparent, conveying real feelings, warm, accepting, prizing of other as a separate individual, able to show the other that his/her world is seen and understood... then there will be growth of self confidence, self worth, more expressiveness and greater ability to be and cope with the journey of life.