What is Psychodrama?
An example of psychodrama.
Psychodrama is an action method which employs guided dramatic action to examine problems and issues for the purpose of increasing physical mental well-being.
Psychodrama is a form of group psychotherapy. It focuses on personal issues. While drama therapy uses theatre to bring about these goals, psychodrama focuses more on cognitive understanding of one's personal dilemmas.
Psychodrama emphasizes psychotherapy, while drama therapy emphasizes theatricality. Psychodrama facilitates change by examining the self. Drama Therapy typically facilitates change vicariously through playing other characters.
Please be advised that psychodrama should never be attempted by anyone who is not properly trained to do so. Psychodrama should only be practiced by a CP (Certified Practitioner) or a trainee who is practicing under professional supervision by a TEP. Be sure to thoroughly vet your practitioner before engaging in this activity. Psychodrama is not suitable for all groups. If psychodrama is not appropriate for your setting, your practitioner may choose to conduct a sociodrama* instead.
Psychodrama in Individual Counseling Sessions
Psychodrama techniques can be used in combination with traditional talk therapy to help clients reach that "a-ha moment".
Psychodrama for Your Organization
If you are interested in bringing psychodrama to your hospital, treatment center, or outpatient organization, please contact me to discuss how this unique form of group therapy might benefit your patients.
*Sociodrama for Your Organization
While psychodrama is therapeutic and psychological in intent, sociodrama is educational and socio-cultural in intent. The work is done through collective roles of the group rather than the private role of the protagonist. For this reason, confidentiality is not required in sociodrama and it is a much "safer" option for schools and other group settings where psychodrama is inappropriate.