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What Is Art and Drama Therapy?

Art and drama therapy shares the belief that creative expression is beneficial to the human spirit, and can be applied specifically to achieve therapeutic goals such as positive behavioural disorder changes and Improved interpersonal and social skills. Clients will have different experiences using these types of creative arts therapy.

Although drama therapy is distinct from acting, it uses activities like storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation and performance to help you work through issues both verbally and physically. This type of therapy was given birth out of the idea that some painful life experiences can be too difficult to express through normal verbal dialogue.

The objective goal of drama therapy is to provide clients with a safe and secure experience that helps to encourage the full expression of their emotional voice through playful, dramatic activity.

Art therapy does not require artistic talent or experience, instead, it draws on the creative process of making (or responding to) art to express difficult thoughts, feelings or concepts in a non-verbal way. Research suggests that art therapies may help some clients with mental health problems.

Both modalities seek to provide you with a safe space to address the issues that are troubling you in a playful way, using metaphor and other non-linear forms of expression to play out situations, act out responses, and imagine futures.

Both drama therapy and art therapy can be practised with clients in individual or group settings.

Art and Drama Therapists & Counsellors Working at HQ Therapy

Below is a selection of our current art and drama therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

If you feel like you still need some more help in your decision then get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’) and someone will guide you through the process.

What Art and Drama Therapy Can Help With?

Art and drama therapy (along with narrative therapy) have been shown to be beneficial to people facing a wide range of issues which can help the clients we work with.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress your therapy.

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to art and drama therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Art and Drama Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.