10-Minute Dramatherapy Techniques For Healing Trauma

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Unhealed trauma doesn’t always present itself through intense flashbacks or triggers.

It can also result in:

  • Experiencing deep fears of being abandoned
  • Tolerating abusive behaviors from others
  • Feeling chronically ashamed
  • Being unable to form healthy attachments
  • Craving external validation
  • And many more sensations that leave the nervous system in a chronic state of fight-or-flight

This is because rejection, abandonment, and loss can hardwire the nervous system to protect against perceived threats, leading survivors to avoid intimacy and connection (van der kolk, 2014).

According to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, this hardwiring of the nervous system and brain is unconscious, and this means that untangling trauma through talk therapy can be very challenging (2014).

Traumatic triggers shut down activity in the Broca’s area of the brain, which is responsible for speech production and is activated when one is trying to verbalize an emotion or memory.

A trigger can continue to inflict the same effect on Broca’s area, even years after the trauma (van der Kolk, 2014).

For these reasons, talk therapy is not always an effective tool for healing from trauma.

Thankfully, there is a way to rebuild these shattered perceptions of trust and safety and heal the nervous system after trauma.

Multiple studies and experts point to drama therapy as an effective modality for working with trauma stored in the body and as a valuable tool for rewiring trauma-related cycles and beliefs (Bleuer & Harnden, 2018; den Burger, 2011; Jones, 2015; Landy, 2010; van der kolk, 2014).

Through embodiment practices and externalizing tools, drama therapy has been shown to improve emotional regulation and positive self-concept and increase individuals' ability to relate to those around them (Bleuer & Harnden, 2018).

By helping to rebuild survivors experiences from a distance, drama therapy restores survivors' agency by giving them control over how much they express (Bleuer & Harnden, 2018; den Burger, 2011; Sajnani, 2018).

For these reasons, Rewire Therapy has brought together experts in trauma treatment to create a self-paced 7-day program.

Introducing Drama Therapy For Trauma: 10-Minute Techniques For Rewiring Trauma


Including Seven Practical Drama Therapy Techniques

Day 1: Playing with Role by Exploring Different Ways of Walking

Explore how the way you walk impacts the way you feel. This exercise uses movement techniques to integrate the mind and body. By bringing attention to the way we walk, we can increase our capacity to adapt to different situations.

Day 2: Working With Boundaries

Bring awareness to how you physicalize the experience of setting boundaries—using the framework of drama therapy to explore anger and rage. Drama therapy allows us to externalize our experiences. It can provide us with the necessary perspective to create and maintain boundaries.

Day 3: The Nervous System as an Animal

Using visualization, movement, and writing techniques, you will explore the nervous system. This exercise playfully invites you to imagine your fight/flight/freeze/connect responses as different animals, gaining insight into their strengths, gifts, and vulnerabilities.

Day 4: Resourcing Using Ancestors Or Animals

You will be guided through a visualization, which encourages you to find supportive resources in alternative places to where you might usually look. You will use your imagination to connect with an image that emerges from your ancestral line or personal experience. The wisdom associated with this image will aid you as you navigate challenges.

Day 5: Body Mapping

Create a space for exploration and deepen your relationship with your body, using the expressive arts of visualization, art-making, and physicalizing experiences. This exercise guides you through various grounding and sensory practices that invite an embodied and intentional dialogue with your body.

Day 6: Clarifying

Gain insight into the challenges that you face in your life. Using drama therapy learn to transform a problem into a resolution. This exercise enables us to cultivate clarity by implementing writing prompts and movement.

Day 7: Managing Priorities Using Mapping

Make informed decisions based on your priorities. By creating a tangible map, using found objects to symbolize your priorities, you can gain insight and perspective. This mindset will equip you to identify and realize your priorities.

+ Three Expert-Led Modules

Module 1: Introduction To Dramatherapy (23-min)

  • Understanding Drama Therapy
  • The roles of Drama Therapists
  • The development of Drama Therapy
  • How do Dramatherapists treat Trauma?

Module 2: Integrating Dramatherapy Tools (32-min)

  • Exploring different Drama Therapy tools

Module 3: Dramatherapy Techniques And Exercises (26-min)

  • How to find a Dramatherapist
  • Exploring drama therapy techniques and exercises

All Rewire Therapy Programs Come With:

  • A private support community

  • Lifetime access to the program and all future updates

  • Technical support via email and text

  • Start at any time at your own pace

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Register Here for $240 

You’ll get 3 expert-led modules, 7 drama therapy techniques, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Thousands Of Healing Transformations With Rewire Therapy

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“For the first time ever, I feel like I understand what's happening in my body.”


Andrea, USA
"I was super-skeptical if this would work for me because I had literally tried everything and nothing was helping my PTSD... A week into the course and I already feel a huge difference."

Emily R, New York
"I bought a course on trauma healing from MindValley but totally didn't relate to the teacher or the content. Listening to female experts who have been there really makes all the difference. Thank you so much :-)."
Jessica L, Toronto
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"I've learned to truly listen to my body once again. This course has been a true gift."

Jenna, Survivor, USA
"I think the weirdest difference I noticed was that when I was practicing the exercises in Week 1... I began to feel my feet again. I realized I had dissociated from my feet for so long."
Jason R, Los Angeles
"I've been trying to heal my PTSD for years. It always felt like I took 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I just purchased this course and it's already paid for itself. The information in week 1 alone was more helpful than anything else I've done."
Marie G, Quebec
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“This course has been so helpful for my patients, especially those who’ve been through trauma.”
Cecilia, Clinical Psychologist, Guatemala

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You’ll get 3 expert-led modules, 7 drama therapy techniques, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Meet The Experts

Tanya Zajdel

Tanya’s work with trauma healing and survivorship has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBC News, Vox Tablet and Iheart Radio.


Tanya is a mental health worker, a women’s health nurse, and a published feminist author. Tanya focuses primarily on creating programs that facilitate trauma healing through creating new neural connections in the brain called 'neuroplasticity exercises'.


Her techniques combine various proven therapies to repair and reset the nervous system after trauma including somatic therapy, yoga, drama therapy, dance therapy, CBT, qigong, EMDR, vagal toning, authentic movement, and a combination of expressive, creative art therapies.

Paula Kingwill

Paula Kingwill graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2000 as a counseling psychologist specializing in Dramatherapy.


She has worked as a Drama Therapist in many contexts including clinics, NGO’ and schools, and Universities. She was a founding member and the director of The Bonfire Theatre Company until 2010.


She qualified as a Family Constellations Practitioner in 2017. She runs a cattle farm in the Karoo where she has an online drama therapy and supervision practice as well as running workshops and training both in-person and online.

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You’ll get 3 expert-led modules, 7 drama therapy techniques, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You’ll get 3 expert-led modules, 7 drama therapy techniques, learning tools, plus bonuses you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Bleuer, J., & Harnden, B. (2018). Translating drama therapy: Reflections on clinical practice with complex trauma. Drama Therapy Review, 4(2), 167-182. 10.1386/dtr.4.2.167_1
den Burger, T. (2011). No title. The Empowerment Project: Construction of a Drama Therapy Program for Children Affected by War,
Jones, P. (2015). Trauma and dramatherapy: dreams, play and the social construction of culture. South African Theatre Journal, 28(1), 4-16. 10.1080/10137548.2015.1011897
Landy, R. J. (2010). Drama as a means of preventing post-traumatic stress following trauma within a community. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 1(1), 7-18.
Sajnani, N., Mayor, C., Burch, D., Feldman, D., Davis, C., Kelly, J., Landis, H., & McAdam, L. (2018). Collaborative discourse analysis on the use of drama therapy to treat trauma in schools. Drama Therapy Review, 5(1), 27-47. 10.1386/dtr.5.1.27_1
Van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma. penguin UK.
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