What is psychodrama?.
Psychodrama is a branch of psychotherapy that is profound and dynamic in restoring health. Essentially it onvolves the representation (dramatisation) of past or future events, real or imagined, internal or external and putting them in the present, in the “here and now”. This is done using certain guidelines and treatment techniques. In the system that I use we also build images, masks, collages, puppets and other techniques, which can achieve the desired objectives in a fun, dynamic and very respectful way.
In psychodrama there are no interpretations, verbal confrontations, advice or moralising. The interpretation comes from the patient’s experimentation as he plays out the role play in a therapeutic setting.
What kind of people participate?
In principle anyone can do it, adults and adolescents. It is normally recommended in psychotherapy to apply some kind of pre-screening of the group to make sure that there is a good dynamic and harmony. Therapy groups are aimed at adults who want to work through problem areas of their lives: conflicts in relationships, personal problems, psychological or physical symptoms. People also take part who want to know themselves better and how they relate to others.
How does psychodrama help?
As a psychotherapeutic method it can address a range of issues. Because of the way it works, psychodrama is a technique that encourages physical expression, developing roles and socialisation. This method is suitable for solving inhibitions and difficulties in interpersonal relationships, as well as increasing creativity, spontaneity and self-assertion.
There are several main objectives in the process:
-Become more aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, behaviours, motivations and relationships and learning to distinguish between thoughts, feelings and actions is a key objective.
– Develop a better understanding of situations, work on empathy, see the effects of our behaviour on others.
– Develop new solutions and responses, investigate and discover new capabilities and new possibilities.
– Rehearse, learn or prepare more appropriate responses. This is especially important in the development of new roles, for example in the workplace.
What training have you done?
I am a doctor with college psychotherapy and a PhD in psychiatry. I studied analytic psychotherapy, psychodrama and trained in systemic family therapy and integrative therapy. I teach psychodrama in the method of Dr. Jaime Rojas-Bermudez, one of the great psychodramatists, and creator of his own school that has established psychodrama in South America and Spain.
Where you work?
Marbella – I have been working at my own psychotherapy practice since 1990,and I also facilitate groups in Madrid and other cities.
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