It may sound like play acting, but psychodrama is so much more than that. Spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation are the key components of psychodrama, an experiential method used as a type of psychotherapy.
Psychodrama brings deep issues to the surface in an interactive and visual format to help clients at Promises Austin work through problems and issues from their past. It is this combination of mind and action that enables clients to strengthen their sense of self and the relationships that are important to them.
What Is Psychodrama?
Psychodrama is a blend of creative and therapeutic art. The psychodrama program at Promises Austin, led by an LPC specialist with extensive training in the field, is incorporated into both our family program and individual and group therapy where appropriate.
Some have described psychodrama as similar to having a good cry and feeling better afterwards. When we’ve buried secrets so deep because they’re too painful to admit, or shoved experiences so far back into our consciousness because we don’t want to revisit them, we’ve lost a big part of ourselves. We can no longer live spontaneously, afraid that we might actually dredge up some sliver of emotion. In essence, we do not really live. We’ve lost a part of what makes us human.
Psychodrama can help us reclaim our natural human emotions, instead of being closed off to them. Psychodrama’s goals are to help clients gain insights, resolve problems, and learn and practice new life skills and behaviors.
How Psychodrama Benefits Recovery
Psychodrama offers an empowering alternative to traditional therapy. By participating in psychodrama, clients can learn how to:
- Improve their communication skills and nurture their relationships with others
- Express their feelings in a supportive and safe environment
- Restore well-being and confidence
- Overcome loss and grief
- Experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving
Psychodrama is useful in treating addiction, trauma and other conditions.