The benefits of psychodrama and experiential therapy for trauma/addiction recovery are described by Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT, Amy Stone, MSS, LSW, CP, and Ben Ridgley in this video.
There are many different approaches to trauma treatment and trauma recovery. While some people find traditional talk therapy to be helpful, other therapy approaches are available and may be more suitable for trauma work. Recent neuroscience research shows that the language/speech parts of the brain are offline when one remembers a traumatic event, which supports the use of or arts-based experiential therapy approaches such as music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, and psychodrama. In the psychodrama approach, rather than talk about an issue or problem, we can put the situation into action using role-playing techniques and practice new ways of responding. In psychodrama, we could have a dialogue with God, with a deceased loved-one, or even with yourself at a different point in time. Psychodrama allows us to go places in therapy that would be impossible otherwise.
These same experiential tools can be modified for settings beyond therapy and are often used in education, activism, community work, religious groups, and other mutual aid programs. For more info, checkout the other videos on our channel or visit our website – www.PhoenixTraumaCenter.com
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