Blog: About Therapy

March 16, 2017

Group therapy is ideal for addressing social difficulties and exploring one's relationship to other people. It can help to make conscious our habitual ways of relating to others and lead to new insights about our behaviour. Groups can also offer support between the members and it can be helpful to meet other people with similar difficulties. Dramatherapy offers a very safe and supportive group experience. The use of drama, play, story and imaginative ways of working can facilitate intimacy and may allow clients to access feelings and share thoughts, more easily than with talking therapy. No previous experience or skills are needed. You do not need to be 'good' at drama or even a confident or extrovert personality. Sessions are designed to allow each person to take part in a way that feels genuine and comfortable for them. It is not about performing, being an actor or brilliant improvisor. Sessions use games and play to explore group dynamics and develop trust and intimacy. When the gro...

March 9, 2017

Dreams contain helpful information from the unconscious and I encourage clients to write down their dreams. It can also be healing to draw or paint images from them. It can be helpful to explore a dream or an image from a dream in therapy. I am not an analyst and do not analyse dreams for clients but can work creatively with dream material. In group work it can be useful to enact a dream, allowing the dreamer to direct the enactment and to observe the dream again consciously. In group or individual work the client may like to try taking on a role or image from the dream and exploring this with the therapist. This work can help to make the content of the dream more conscious and lead to new insights. For example, a dream may have struck the dreamer as overwhelmingly negative or frightening but in exploring the images with the therapist or group, more positive themes may be discovered. 

I do not publish client's dreams. All images pictured were made by me. 

February 26, 2017

I use traditional stories, myths and fairytales and sometimes children's stories with groups and individuals. Children understand and enjoy the language of story and stories can help them to safely explore difficult themes. Teenagers and adults may be able to recognise aspects of themselves and their lives in traditional stories and use them to creatively explore problems. C.G.Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, proposed that traditional stories are an expression of the collective unconscious and deal with typical problems that are repeated in all people through the ages. Marie Louise Von Franz, a prominent analytical psychologist wrote extensively on the interpretation of myths and fairytales and her books help to explain their relevance to modern lives. Traditional stories can be used to explore archetypal themes such as becoming an adult, family problems, death, change, relationships and creativity.  

February 26, 2017

I have been using puppets in therapy for many years. I use glove puppets, rod puppets and finger puppets with children and adults. Puppets allow clients to quickly take on a character and can facilitate the expression of powerful feelings - while also keeping some distance from what is enacted. Traditional characters like the Wolf, King, Witch or Fairy are recognised by all ages and are easy for clients to connect with. Children can use puppets to act out stories or to play with the therapist. The archetypal characters lend themselves to playful exploration of difficult themes. The Wolf may represent the child's fears and be used to explore imaginatively overcoming them. Families or groups can use puppets to create a story. This is a fun activity that allows the therapist to observe the family/group working together. The story the family/group create may contain information about how they are feeling and what is going on for them. The therapist may be able to use the story to creativel...

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