Psychodrama is an active, experiential type of therapy that involves role play among a group of participants. In a psychodrama therapy program, each person plays a role in the drama, typically as the protagonist. They can also play a supporting character or an audience member. The therapist acts as director, allowing events to unfold spontaneously in the moment.

Why Psychodrama Is Effective

This woman is seeking help through a psychodrama therapy program.A psychodrama therapy program in Lantana, Florida allows clients to act out past events, explore current challenges or anticipate possible interactions in the future with a goal of gaining new insights and perspectives. Clients are able to step outside of themselves and into other roles to understand how others may see a situation differently. Clients also work through difficult feelings or identify the source of challenges or misunderstandings in their lives. Because it is an active, hands-on approach, psychodrama can be powerfully moving and memorable. This makes it an effective method in our addiction therapy programs in Lantana, Florida.

What to Expect in a Psychodrama Therapy Program Session

A specially trained therapist guides the process and helps draw out new insights and ways of thinking about certain situations or relationships. In a safe, professionally facilitated setting, clients can “try on” new ways of communicating or thinking, discover solutions to problems, and practice new skills with fellow group members before those skills are called upon in daily life with family and friends.

Often, therapists hold psychodrama sessions weekly with a small group of participants, ranging from four to 12. Sessions typically last one to two hours and consist of three main phases:

  • Warm-Up: Establish trust, familiarity and a sense of safety among group members so all can contribute openly
  • Action: The therapist works with the protagonist to develop a scene based on their life and therapeutic needs, with other members acting out auxiliary roles (for example, other aspects of the protagonist’s self or other people in their life)
  • Sharing: The therapist helps the group process the experience by discussing new insights and asking questions.

Psychodrama Therapy Program Techniques

Psychodrama therapy techniques at our mental health treatment center in Lantana, Florida include:

  • Mirroring: Other group members step into the protagonist’s role while the protagonist observes
  • Soliloquy: The protagonist speaks to the audience or a double to express their feelings
  • Role Reversal: The protagonist steps into someone else’s shoes so they can better understand that person’s role and explore the dynamics of the relationship through a different lens
  • Doubling: A group member interprets the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings by adopting their behaviors and movements so the protagonist builds self-compassion. The doubling challenges the person who played the protagonist to see their actions in a new light

Developed by psychiatrist Jacob Moreno in the early 1900s, psychodrama is now used to treat a wide variety of mental health disorders including addiction, trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders as well as relationship problems, grief/loss, and poor body image. It is often used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy and other traditional approaches.

Psychodrama Therapy And More At Lucida

At Lucida Treatment Center, we offer a psychodrama therapy program in Lantana, Florida and much more. Our other programs include:

For more information about psychodrama therapy or any of our programs, please contact us at 1.866.947.7299.