Do I have to be good at acting or drama?
Dramatherapy is not about performance or acting skills. ‘Drama’ includes a wide range of creative interventions. Sessions are client-led and as such are tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. Activities are age-appropriate and adult sessions are not child-ish (unless that is the desired exploration). The client’s right to choose is highlighted, and each individual can do as much or as little as they wish. Dramatherapy is about making contact with ourselves and discovering more about who we are.
How long does a session last?
Typically, a one-to-one dramatherapy session lasts 50 minutes and a group session lasts an hour. This can be adjusted to meet client needs. For example, a session for children with learning disabilities could last between 20 and 40 minutes.
How many sessions do I need?
A short term intervention is typically 10 weeks. Long term dramatherapy can last any time longer than this, even several years.
What should I expect?
In dramatherapy you should expect to explore your feelings at your own pace, in a way that feels respectful and considerate of your personal process. Sometimes it can be challenging addressing difficult emotions or personal history, but this will be carefully managed.
In a dramatherapy session you can choose the way in which you work, or Rachel can structure the sessions for you to experience.