Action Methods of Therapy Also Known as Psychodrama
Uh, Say What?? If the term Psychodrama is new to you, you might be wondering “What the heck is that?” (most likely – my original response). Some may be intrigued to hear about a new technique and some may say “We have enough drama in our lives and “Psycho”drama sounds like drama – amped up. Actually, Psychodrama is a legitimate, very helpful therapy technique that usually is done in a group setting, (although can be utilized it in individual therapy as well).
Psychodrama is different than traditional talk therapy and involves movement and role playing. Even though it may not sound like your cup of tea, it is really not as difficult to do as it might seem. But enough about the “sales” pitch.
Essential pieces needed for this action method are a protagonist, a director, and an audience (in a group environment). A protagonist is chosen from the group & is a person with an idea of something they wish to understand better. The director and the protagonist co-create a scene that may be similar to something that has occurred previously outside of the group session. Many times members from the audience are chosen to play different roles within the scene. Being asked to play a role can be the scary part for newbies. But not to worry – It is the job of the director to facilitate the selection of and to assist the role players; and it is the job of the protagonist to provide all of the dialogue for the scene. The director also helps the protagonist to consider what is needed in the scene.
What is the purpose, you ask? The purpose is to provide an environment for participants to gain more understanding about themselves and what they need for self care by re-creating a past event (or perhaps a creating a future event). Many times people are surprised by the emotions they feel, the insight they gain – either as an observer or a participant, and the power of the method. Just as in other forms of therapy- ie. play therapy, talk therapy, &/or group therapy, expression of feelings can lead to greater self awareness, self compassion, and healing.
I would be happy to discuss this method with anyone who wishes to learn more. Please let me know if you might be interested in participating in a group.
—— Darlene Vanchura, MA, LPC – Supervisor. 817-371-4312