I am often tasked with explaining to prospective clients what drama therapy is. It can be frustrating in part because I see so many aspects of drama therapy already reflected throughout popular culture. You likely already know what drama therapy… Read moreDrama Therapy in Popular Culture
I have previously explored the foundations of drama therapy as outlined by the North American Drama Therapy Association. That article was more of an overview. Now, I want to take a deeper dive into exploring the diversity of influences within… Read moreDrama Therapy As Interdisciplinary
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
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
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?
One of the struggles of being a creative arts therapist is helping others understand what that means. I created this Venn diagram to help. I want to show how multiple fields and approaches have developed in an attempt to understand… Read moreWhat is the scope of practice of creative arts therapies?
We are currently experiencing a global pandemic, which is a form of collective trauma. Most people are used to associating the word trauma with things like the horrors of war combat, or possibly sexual assault or domestic violence. There are… Read moreIntroduction to the Nervous System: Fight/Flight/Freeze