Richard Stephens   Dramatherapist and Group Facilitator


To benefit from dramatherapy, you don't have to be 'good at drama.'  It is led by your needs and how you will gain from the process, and it is not about performance.  We use games, exercises, stories and ritual to enable exploration and change to take place in a safe, structured environment.

Dramatherapy can help with a broad range of emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties such as...

  • depression, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed by or stuck in patterns of thought or behaviour
  • surviving the consequences of abuse or other trauma
  • dealing with bereavement, loss and profound life changes
  • learning difficulties and associated developmental and emotional challenges
  • dependence on alcohol or other substances
  • living with serious or terminal illness
  • social isolation and difficulty in communicating

Dramatherapy can help you to...

  • work through internal and external challenges, significant life events and transitions
  • approach problems from new angles with natural creativity and imagination
  • develop self-awareness and new ways of relating to yourself and to others
  • build self-esteem, have confidence and trust in yourself, express yourself and communicate more effectively

Although it works gently, dramatherapy can have powerful results, as evidenced by its recommendation in the government's 'NICE' guidelines for use in the treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia.

What to expect in a dramatherapy session

Sessions normally last an hour, but for children they can be shorter if necessary.  Dramatherapy is flexible and adaptable, and what takes place will depend very much on your needs, both in the immediate present and in the longer term.  It will include both doing and talking, and can involve a variety of creative media to help you to know and understand yourself.  This means activities such as drawing, modelling, story telling and story making, as well as things that are more obviously dramatic.

Whatever methods we use, there will be no expectation of technical skill, and no pressure to do anything against your will.

Dramatherapy frequently employs the principal of 'metaphorical distance'.  By means of, for example, stories or physical actions, our unconscious minds can express things that our conscious selves would find too difficult.  Things that deeply trouble us can find a way to be expressed, and we can take them on board in a gradual and managed way.  Each session, and series of sessions, is structured so that clients are prepared for and in control of what takes place, and are able to leave it safely at the end.

Dramatherapy, like other therapies, can sometimes be challenging; it can also be playful, enjoyable and satisfying.

If you are considering dramatherapy but would like to know more, I would be happy to talk to you either by phone or in person by arrangement.

Dramatherapy for couples, families and groups

As well as for individuals, dramatherapy is also suitable for couples, families, and groups.  It can be very effective in clarifying how people relate and behave together, and in investigating possibilities for change.

Groupwork can be valuable not only where there are specific mental health or learning difficulties but to explore issues that the group may be collectively interested in, or to develop working dynamics, communication and co-operation within teams.  I also offer groupwork training for professionals who lead groups or who wish to develop their understanding of how people function together. 

All enquiries are confidential.