Psychodrama offers a creative and unique way for an individual and/or a group to explore and solve personal issues.

Psychodrama is an action method, engaging interactive group methods that combines psychotherapy with elements of the theater. Psychodrama encourages the participants to use spontaneous dramatizationrole-playing, and dramatic self-presentation to investigate and gain insight into their lives in all kinds of aspects. (‘Drama’ means ‘Action’ in this method).

One of the Psychodrama goals, is to find a new response to an old situation- concerns are addressed in creative ways that allow for the discovery of new solutions to old challenges.

 

Jacob L. Moreno, the founder of Psychodrama, believed that the best way for an individual to respond creatively to a situation is through spontaneity, that is, through a readiness to improvise and respond in the moment. By encouraging an individual to address a problem in a creative way, reacting spontaneously and based on impulse, they may begin to discover new solutions to problems in their lives and learn new roles they can inhabit within it.

**Note: the participants don’t need to have past experience in theater.

Explore past experience

Under the experienced guidance of the group facilitator or “director”, participants utilize theatrical techniques, such as role-play, to gain increased awareness and understanding about issues of personal concerns. The participants can explore past experiences, investigate current issues and challenges, or prepare for future possibilities.

Participants first use group discussion to identify areas of individual interests or importance. Particular issues are then developed into scenes and put into action, with group members playing the various roles required in a structured but unscripted manner. The enactment is often experienced on a deep, almost visceral level that can lead to rich emotional catharsis and profound insight – something not generally achieved in traditional group therapy.

‘Surplus Reality’: experiences that are not possible in the “real” world

Essentially, psychodrama offers opportunity to have experiences that are not possible in the “real” world.  Scene setting may focus on specific occurrences in the past, unfinished business situations, future visions, dreams, or inner conflicts.

Psychodrama can help create “corrective” experiences in place of those that were unsatisfied or hurtful and to repair what happened in the past, there for allowing rehearsal of a future challenging situation or potential new role in life.

The composition of the group itself, with its individual personalities, provides additional opportunity for growth as members interact and practice how to communicate more efficiently, how to resolve conflict rather than avoid it, and how to create healthy self-empowering boundaries.

The group becomes a safe and supportive setting for self-reflection, emotional development and psychological healing.