We use Drama Therapy to help women overcome their psychological distress because we believe when women feel empowered, the life around her will change into leading her family, her society, and the larger community.
What is Drama Therapy?
Drama Therapy is a therapeutic approach that uses theatrical techniques to facilitate psychological healing. Intisar Foundation uses Drama Therapy as it is a gentle yet effective approach to healing women affected by war to overcome their trauma. Drama Therapy is a multi-modality approach that uses expressive drama techniques to aid self-exploration and self-expression as a means of psychological healing.
Drama Therapy is often used in a group setting, which allowed for a domino effect, in which several forthcoming women emboldened the rest of the group to open up about their experiences. Our Drama Therapy program focuses on releasing tension held within the body using dance and movement and tackling traumatic memories through acting and character development as a form of storytelling by proxy. Hailed as an inclusive approach, Drama Therapy can be an effective tool for women to overcome their traumas.
Why Do We Use Drama Therapy?
Drama Therapy permits the flexible utilization of various activities that allow each woman to explore and overcome her individual trauma at her own pace and comfort. It facilitates catharsis and improves social skills. It allows our 1 Million Arab Women in releasing deeply held emotions and trauma while gaining confidence and becoming empowered. Our programs are held in group sessions which creates a support group and instills a sense of belonging to one another.
Drama Therapy is a very gentle yet effective tool that provides a deep therapeutic process. It improves our body awareness, expands perspectives, and builds inter-and intra-personal relationships through shared experiences. Our sessions are held in small groups, which allows for an affinity to develop between the women, creating a secure net of support within each group. The group then evolves into a small community that supports and nurtures each other.
The Tools To Heal Trauma
Drama Therapy uses acting, character development, screenplay writing and a variety of theater-based techniques that provide their participants with the tools necessary to understand and approach their distress adequately. It gives each participant a voice and a presence; by giving them an active role within their group. Drama Therapy develops personal communication skills and builds on previously acquired social skills.
Practicing the deep breathing exercise has the ability to do miracles for a person’s well-being. It ushers in a state of decreased stress and relaxation as the body releases feel-good hormones (endorphins). It supports the blood circulation, increases the energy levels, reinstates a sense of calmness in the body, helps in releasing stress and anxiety, and improving the posture of the body.
The grounding practice can help pull away unwanted memories or negative and challenging emotions. The techniques used in this exercise can distract you from what you’re experiencing with refocusing on what’s happening in the present moment. It calms the thoughts process, alters the mood positively, reduces anxiety levels, connects with the body and mind, and keeps us in a mindful state.
Self-Embodiment for Self-Connection Exercise
Practicing self-embodiment is what makes us more human. It brings our vision into physical manifestation with self-connecting with the graceful bodies we have. It helps with awareness, witness self, sensitivity, and tracking, the present moment by breathing deeply.
Practicing dancing everyday can boost the whole-body workout. It is good for the heart, it makes you stronger, and it can help with balance and coordination. In dance, you can be jumping, swaying, twirling, etc.