Therapy is a common tool used to work through mental illnesses, major problems, addictions, and more. Therapy incorporates a variety of methods used to help people work through their problems, and are used at the discretion of the therapist and what they feel would work best with the patient. Many approaches are creative in nature, allowing the patient to find a new perspective on their problems so that they can better form strategies and solutions for dealing with them. Psychodrama therapy is one effective therapy approach and was developed by Dr. Jacob Moreno; it has been used effectively individually or in group settings.
Psychodrama therapy involves guided drama and role playing to work through problems. For example, as explained by Dr. Dan Tomasulo from Psychology Today, a person who had a stressful holiday event and was triggered by previous holiday events with their family may wish to re-enact the event in a group setting so that they can better explain what happened and how they have been feeling. This, in turn, allows the person to see their situation from a creative lens and may lead them to new insights or gain more clarity on the situation and how it truly made them feel. In psychodrama therapy, there is typically a main protagonist character who represents the main elements of the group and who brings on the main dramatic elements. Other members of the group therapy may serve as auxiliaries to further support the dramatic interpretation.
There are many benefits to psychodrama therapy – a recent study conducted by researchers from the Netherlands and Amsterdam found that patients who suffered from a personality disorder became significantly more emotionally vulnerable when they took part in psychodrama therapy. Psychodrama therapy is also recognized as beneficial for cognitive and behavioral skills.
Techniques such as role reversal help people to gain more perspective on a person who hurt them, giving them more empathy and understanding. Mirroring allows a person to watch others enact an event, giving them an outsider’s “seat” and can be helpful when a person is feeling very upset and/or separated from feelings and emotions. Doubling occurs when another person acts out the scene and interprets what they believe that person was thinking or feeling. This allows the original person to question their attitudes or feelings in a non-aggressive way. Lastly, a soliloquy allows a person to relate their thoughts and feelings to the audience.
If you are presenting with psychodrama therapy, this can be very effective if you choose to let yourself be vulnerable and expressive. Allow yourself to feel, explain, act, and more. Trust in your therapist and potential group members to listen to you and feel your pain. This could be a great way for you to work through your problems and gain more perspective on yourself and others.
Finding the right outlet for therapeutic expression, release, and development is critical for successful recovery in treatment. Having a variety of treatment options and therapy types is key to creating the best customized path for your care. New Vista Behavioral Health offers a family of treatment facilities providing individualized care plans and exceptional clinical treatment. Our programs are held to higher standards, allowing better outcomes and a brighter future. Call us today for information: 888-316-3665