Arts therapies include the application of art forms within a relationship between the therapist and patient/client, for therapeutic benefit. Art therapies include Music Therapy, Art Therapy and Dramatherapy. These are all regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) which regulates sixteen autonomous professions including practitioner psychologists.
Drama Therapy (written dramatherapy in the UK)
Dramatherapy is a form of psychotherapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are clinicians that draw upon training in theatre/drama and therapy in order to create methods to engage clients in effectual psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, metaphor and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions that a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach that can offer insight by observing a situation from different perspectives.