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People taking part in drama therapy

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy which draws on techniques from drama and theatre, to offer an expressive and creative therapy. It can be helpful for anyone who wants to make emotional, psychological and social changes within their lives. Dramatherapists work with individuals and groups. People do not need to have had any previous experience or expertise in drama in order to use Dramatherapy.

Dramatherapy uses play, movement, movement with touch and sound, storytelling, enactment and improvisation to express and communicate what may be difficult to say. This can offer a way to express or make sense of difficult emotions, relationships or events safely, whilst being playful, creative and imaginative. Dramatherapy offers the possibility to rehearse new ways of relating to self and to others, devise new endings to old patterns and develop new roles. Dramatherapy offers an opportunity to gain insight and get to know yourself better. 

Introduction: What is dramatherapy?

'Befriending the Beast': Dramatherapists in conversation by Gillian Downie and Melanie Beer

Esyllt George and Leanne Webber: Creative supervision discussion

Poem to accompany the 'creative supervision discussion' video.

'Iaith ein Mamau' gan Esyllt George: Dramatherapy and the Welsh language

I'm here with you 
(Health Education England, Allied Health Professions and the British Association of Dramatherapists.)

Melanie Beer: Dramatherapy and mental health

Kathryn's experience of dramatherapy

Gillian Downie and Keith Hackwood: Remembering and reflecting on working in prison and school

I'm a dramatherapist because...

Dramatherapy stories

Dramatherapy and poetry

Dramatherapy: In conversation with Bryn Morgan

Dramatherapy and masculinity: In conversation with Bryn Morgan


Dramatherapy Wales Conference Film
Meet the dramatherapists