Because of the experiential nature of dramatherapy a true definition can be difficult to explain but in the broadest sense it is a means of play, a means of discovering, unlocking and working with different aspects of ourselves in a spontaneous and imaginative way. It is an active form of therapy that emphasises movement, voice, characterization, embodiment and expression through drama. The focus is not on performance but on the creative process itself.

The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) defines dramatherapy as: “the intentional use of the healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.”

The Standards of Proficiency document of 2007 The Health Professionals Council describes dramatherapy as: "a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling, dramatization and the performance arts have a central position in the therapeutic relationship."

BADth also states:

Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.

No prior experience of drama is necessary as dramatherapy is not about being good at drama but about making contact with ourselves and others.

Simon Dyer © 2012