Drama sessions for children
Dramatherapy with children can help their confidence and self esteem. The sessions can be fun and the use of a creative medium offers a safe way to explore difficult feelings with a trusted therapist.
The sessions offer a safe and contained space where children are free to explore social relationships, communication and imagination.
Dramatherapy is suitable for children of all ages and levels of ability, whether in mainstream or special needs settings.
Some of the reasons a child might be referred for dramatherapy are;
History of domestic violence
Bullying or being bullied
Severe and terminal illnesses
Family break up
Individual sessions are available for children aged three and up.
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a creative therapy which allows people to explore issues, feelings and events. This can involve using stories, games, music, movement, drawing, art, breath work, improvisation, playing with costumes and fabrics, messy play, puppetry and small world toys. Sessions encourage creative expression, imagination, self- awareness, self- esteem, an ability to build healthy relationships and greater self-expression.
“Dramatherapy is the intentional and systematic use of drama and theater processes to achieve healthy psychological growth and change. Dramatherapy often involves working ‘within the metaphor', which means that difficult topics or emotions can be explored through the frame of, for example, a story, a poem, a play or a role, creating a safe distance between clients and their troubles.” http://www.iacat.ie
Who can benefit from dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is accessible to anyone. Dramatherapists can be found working in a wide variety of settings - schools, prisons, hospitals, social care settings, private clinics, in the voluntary sector and mental health settings. Dramatherapy can benefit children who for example have low self-esteem, high anxiety, attachment disorder, speech, language and development delays, parental separation, neglect, bereavement and children who have suffered from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
What happens in a session?
Sessions are tailored to each individual or group and will often vary. It might be quite lively and energetic, or quiet and gentle, depending on the group or individual and their needs and abilities. The sessions tend to have a familiar structure. They last around 50 minutes minutes for children and a little longer for adults and take place in a safe space where people are free to be playful, imaginative and creative. The therapist will bring a small amount of props (materials, small world toys, paint and clay for example) and the session may involve working with a story, one either created within the session or brought by the therapist.
Rates for Dramatherapy sessions
The pre-meeting to discuss therapy costs €30.
One to one sessions are usually booked in blocks of 6 and can be paid for in advance or weekly. Payment arrangements can be discussed at the pre-meeting.
I encourage parents or carers to have a review meeting with me after every 6 weeks (Which are charged at €30 per meeting). I am also happy to chat on the phone with a parent or carer who has questions or wants to make me aware of changes.
One to one sessions €60
Costs are paid in cash weekly or by bank transfer.