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Drama Therapy and Trauma – Lisa’s Story

Trauma is a psychological and emotional response to an extremely distressing event like an accident, an abusive situation, adverse experiences or a natural disaster. These incidents might have been happening for a while, or they might just happen once. Our response to these difficult experiences is what we identify as trauma.

In the case of Lisa, drama therapy provided a solution to her trauma, which is affecting her sleep, the way she thinks, and ultimately, having a big impact on her daily life.

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Lisa was referred to dramatherapy to explore different ways to deal with emotions and how to understand them, which would enable her to move forward in a brighter, happier future. 

The dramatherapist Lisa worked with, achieved this by using the Embodiment-Projection-Role (EPR) model by Dr Sue Jennings. We use this in our work to gain insight into early childhood. The EPR model is a developmental approach. It focuses on enabling clients to re-experience stages of their development they may have missed out on or may have had blocked due to life experiences such as trauma, neglect and abuse.

When Lisa was asked to describe her drama therapy experience, this is what she said:

“I have enjoyed it and I don’t want it to end. It has been good having someone to talk to. I usually do not share feelings, to have someone who understands, and to have experienced similar things. I enjoy using the arts a lot and it has helped me to do things through art. Through using creativity, it has provided extra ways of working through things I have brought to therapy sessions. It has been helpful to find ways of expressing feelings that aren’t always direct. It has helped me to understand and acknowledge feelings. ”.


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