Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is HARD. Many of us have been engaging in varying forms of quarantine, isolation, and social distancing for 18 months. Over the spring and summer, the roll out of the vaccine brought some hope. Just… Read moreCOVID-19 and Burnout: We Were Not Made for This
Role theory is an important aspect of drama therapy. It is what helps a drama therapist choose which roles a client will engage with during role play. Role theory is influenced by theories from theatre, performance studies, psychology and social… Read moreWhat is a Role?: Role Play in Drama Therapy
Language within the community is constantly shifting and evolving. This glossary defines some common terminology related to gender and sexuality. Some historical terms which have fallen out of current commonly accepted usage have been excluded. I have also not included… Read moreGlossary of LGBTQ Terminology
Navigating all the terminology in the LGBTQ community can be challenging! Even if you belong to the community, it can be hard to keep up. Language is constantly evolving. The LGBTQIA community is diverse. Our relationships to gender and sexuality… Read moreLGBT Acronyms, or “Alphabet Soup”
A lot of LGBTQ / LGBTQIA individuals I know are skeptical of the mental health field. And with good reason! Even though I am a drama therapist, I would never judge someone for not feeling comfortable seeking therapy. But why… Read moreWhy is finding LGBTQ affirming therapy hard?
A question that comes up time and again is, “What differentiates drama therapy from psychotherapy?” As someone with a background and training in theatre, drama, and performance studies, this question is a frequent source of confusion and frustration. Because the… Read moreDrama Therapy and its Roots in Theatrical Techniques
It is always challenging to answer the question, “What is drama therapy?” This is because drama therapy can look so many different ways! Any aspect of theatre or drama may be incorporated into a drama therapy practice. Including (but not… Read moreDrama Therapy and the Creative Arts Therapies
I am someone who has dedicated my life’s work and study to the Arts and Humanities. It is why I ultimately decided to pursue drama therapy. I know that in the US especially, I am fighting an uphill battle. But… Read moreTheoretical Foundations of Drama Therapy: Thinking Outside the Binary
There is a common, popular narrative in mental health. That mental illness is caused by faulty brain chemicals. People with depression have brains that cannot produce enough serotonin. Those with ADHD lack dopamine. This narrative attempts to reduce cultural stigma… Read moreYour brain isn’t broken: Mental health in late capitalism
An important aspect of being a creative arts (or expressive arts) therapist is being an advocate and a translator. It is not unlike being an ambassador from a foreign country. Each of the creative arts therapies represents a unique theoretical… Read moreWhite Supremacy and Psychotherapy: How have you managed not to know?