Spontaneous dramatization, role playing and dramatic self-presentation are the key components of psychodrama, an action-based form of psychotherapy. Psychodrama brings deep issues to the surface in an interactive and visual format to help clients work through problems and issues from their past. It is this combination of mind and action that enables clients to strengthen their sense of self and the relationships that are important to them.\r\nWhat Is Psychodrama?\r\nPsychodrama is a blend of creative and therapeutic art. Some have described psychodrama as similar to having a good cry and feeling better afterwards. When we\u2019ve buried secrets so deep because they\u2019re too painful to admit, or shoved experiences so far back into our consciousness because we don\u2019t want to revisit them, we\u2019ve lost a big part of ourselves. We can no longer live spontaneously, afraid that we might dredge up difficult emotions. In essence, we do not really live. We\u2019ve lost a part of what makes us human.\r\n\r\nPsychodrama can help clients reclaim their natural human emotions, instead of being closed off to them. Psychodrama\u2019s goals are to help clients gain insights, resolve problems, and learn and practice new life skills and behaviors.\r\n\r\nDuring a psychodrama session, participants act out or reenact specific scenes, and experiences with a therapist\u2019s guidance. Included in these scenes may be dreams, past situations or role-playing future events. Other participants act the roles of significant others or the audience. This serves to bring underlying issues and beliefs to the surface as well as offer support to the actors in the psychodrama.\r\nHow Psychodrama Benefits Recovery\r\nPsychodrama offers an empowering alternative to traditional therapy. By participating in psychodrama, clients can learn how to:\r\n\r\n \tImprove their communication skills and nurture their relationships with others\r\n \tExpress their feelings in a supportive and safe environment\r\n \tRestore well-being and confidence\r\n \tOvercome loss and grief\r\n \tExperiment with new ways of thinking and behaving\r\n \tBuild life skills\r\n\r\nPsychodrama is used to treat a variety of conditions, including addiction, eating disorders and trauma. Various studies have found that psychodrama constitutes a valid alternative to other therapeutic approaches, especially in promoting behavior change in adjustment, antisocial, and related disorders.