Rachel Perry is a HCPC registered Dramatherapist and Supervisor and has been in private practice for over 25 years.She is the founder of Scenario Arts in Personal Development and has been the Course Leader for several training courses, and facilitator of workshops and sessions for individuals and specialist groups. She was course Therapist and Supervisor for trainee therapists at Roehampton Institute and Exeter University and has provided CPD support within various mental health organisations. She currently offers individual and group therapy in Totnes, Exeter and Bristol.
Dramatherapy may use all the aspects of theatre; as Goffman (1959) notes, “life is like art” and in this way, we can use the dramatic context to explore the parallels of life. Questions such as, who is playing what role? Where is the spotlight? Where is the shadow? What is the script here? The dramatic distancing from emerging material offers a new perspective.
Working with and through the body, using guided imagery, sculpting, role-play and projective play, (eg; art, figure sculpting, text) the emphasis is on developing self awareness and increasing self confidence, whilst stimulating the unconscious through spontaneous play and development of the imagination. Through personal story, exploring archetypes and creative dialogue, the client comes to understand their own inner cast of characters and the roles that they play in their lives, including the hidden, or shadow parts of the self. This enables the client to integrate and connect with themselves and others more fully.
This workshop offers an introduction to the use of dramatherapy methods and their application in ongoing therapy with both individuals and groups. Participants will gain additional tools to apply to their own work practice.