Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Dramatherapy (age 4+)

Dramatherapy for children & young people in Brighton & Hove, provided by YMCA DownsLink Group and the Wellbeing Service.

The CYP (Children and Young People) part of the Wellbeing Service is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.

The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, playtexts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.

who is Dramatherapy for?

Children and young people aged 4+ with mild to moderate mental health presentations that would benefit from a creative, indirect approach to exploring difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, stress and self-esteem.

Dramatherapy can also benefit children and young people who are cognitively or developmentally unable to engage with a more direct counselling approach.