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  • Dramatherapy (often written drama therapy in the United States) is the use of theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote health. Dramatherapy is used in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health centers, prisons, and businesses.
  • Drama therapy aims to help a person use drama as part of their recovery process. It can give a person an opportunity for reflection and to tell their story to help solve a problem and achieve a relief of strong suppressed emotions.


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The Drama Within: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy
The Drama Within: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy
Here is the first comprehensive book on psychodrama, the experiential therapy rapidly gaining popularity with clinicians and treatment centers worldwide. Psychodrama is a powerful action method with very specific techniques that can be effective in reducing trauma, releasing pent-up emotions and learning new behavior.

Tian Dayton, one of the field’s most respected practitioners, brings together a complete examination of the theory and practice of pyschodrama, directions for specific drama games and methods for applying the theory and games in the treatment of trauma and addiction.


A POSTER for the period drama “Hollywoodland” says that “dying in Hollywood can make you a legend.” George Reeves would have been flattered. A two-bit talent who is the film’s nominal reason for being, Mr. Reeves is best remembered, if at all, for two things: playing Superman on TV, and a bullet in the head. In 1959 someone blew his brains out in a house tucked between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive. The death was ruled a suicide, but the movies love a tasty murder, which is why Ben Affleck has packed on the pounds, slipped on some tights and given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return.

“Hollywoodland” tells several stories, one of them reasonably well. Before he became a cautionary tale about making it in the movies, Mr. Reeves was a smoothie with brilliantine hair as slick as his pickup lines. In the early 1950’s he was hustling hard, hitting auditions while the sun was up and cruising the nightclub scene after dark. He was trying to build on his decent roles in forgettable films and negligible parts in memorable ones, including a bit as an eager young caller who worships at Scarlett O’Hara’s feet in “Gone With the Wind.” Even now, if you didn’t know Mr. Reeves from “The Adventures of Superman” you might not notice him next to Vivien Leigh and David O. Selznick’s expensive sets, which of course was the problem.

Mr. Reeves didn’t have the requisite acting skills that might have led to steady work, much less marquee billing: he was a would-be star in a town full of extras with superior luck, looks and talent. In the late 1930’s, when he appeared in “Gone With the Wind,” he was pretty, if not pretty enough to break ranks. As the years passed, and the pounds and disappointment mounted, the prettiness disappeared as did the opportunities.

By the early 1950’s what remained was a puffy face that was quick to smile but, at least on “Superman,” could seem impatient, almost irritable. As it happens, all those times Clark Kent took Jimmy Olsen to task, it might have been Mr. Reeves who was expressing his own discontent. That, at any rate, is how the world turns in “Hollywoodland.”

In 1951 Mr. Reeves met the older, far richer Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), a Hollywood wife made vulnerable, if not yet humble, by age. A former actress of no note, she was married to the MGM executive Edward J. Mannix, played by Bob Hoskins, perhaps accurately, as a thug in a front-office suit. Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood, with his-and-her paramours to go with the other servants, the couple was powerful enough to take their playmates out on a double date. Pets yukking it up with their masters at the dinner table is an ideal setup for the director Allen Coulter, who until now has only worked on a small canvas directing for television.

Mr. Coulter and the screenwriter Paul Bernbaum want to bend Mr. Reeves’s biography as an actor-cum-gigolo into a tragedy, and Mr. Affleck is more than up to the task. When the actor first eases up to Toni, sweet and softly talking, he makes you see what a woman like her might see in him besides a good time. Buzzing with life, he has yet to fall prey to self-pity, and Toni draws on his youth and his optimism as if from a deep well. Later, as defeat takes its grinding toll, Mr. Affleck lets weariness creep into his face, pulling his features down until it becomes difficult smile. Mr. Reeves’s career shrinks, his silhouette bloats; the pounds turn his body into dough, and then into lead.

George Reeves was a sad case, but not every sob story or even every suicide has the makings of a tragedy. Even the filmmakers don’t seem especially convinced on this count, since half of “Hollywoodland” involves a dead-end pseudo-noir about another hustler, a private eye named Louis Simo, whom Adrien Brody fails to shape into a character of interest despite much aggressive eyebrow raising. Hired to investigate the Reeves death, Simo subsequently enters on a journey that distractingly toggles between his life and that of the dead man, and involves feeling and healing, fathers and sons and an occasional knuckle sandwich. In time Simo learns about facing the life you have rather than the life you want, which may be grand advice in therapy but doesn’t make for involving drama.

Hollywood history is filled with stories as bleak as that of the man who was Superman, if only on TV, object lessons about hungry hopefuls who went looking for fame and found nothing, or maybe just a little something.

Mr. Reeves might have been disappointed by life whether he became a doctor or a soda jerk at Schwab’s. To amp the pathos, though, the film implies that he was edited out of “From Here to Eternity” because audiences were distracted by Superman trading lines with the star Burt Lancaster. Yet Mr. Reeves is still in the picture, and he’s fine. As a gossipy off-duty soldier in a Hawaiian shirt, he gets the job done. And then he ambles off, leaving the rest of the film to those who could manage it better.


Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding And The Meaning of Things

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding And The Meaning of Things
This is a mental health practitioner’s perspective on hoarding that confirms much of what I’ve observed with my clients. Some common threads: perfectionism plays a large part in hoarders getting behind with what they do with their stuff thus prompting them to become overwhelmed and then giving up on any sort of housecleaning. Hoarders have an appreciation for things beyond their obvious uses and often are very creative, but seem to lack the organizing gene.

Some interesting insights on the hoarding brain, described as having too many branches on the tree. Meaning that there are multiple paths the mind is prompted to navigate when processing which also leads to overwhelm.

I attended a day long workshop with one of the writers and the take away message from that day was that hoarders have a perception problem. They do not see that their stuff is making their home a dumpster and that they are not actually rescuing anything by picking up one more thing from the "Free" pile on the street. My experience with one client is that she has an inability to know what is important because everything is important.

Some poignant insight about causes of hoarding include absence of warmth, acceptance and support in childhood leading the child to form attachments to things and endow those things with human emotions. Thus they can’t throw an item away because there would be no one to look after it.

Little is discussed about treatment in the book. The authors have written other books to help practitioners in the field. This is largely an anecdotal book and the stories of hoarders do offer a lot of insight since you get the whole history.

I have a couple of bones to pick with the book. The authors mention the National Study Group of Chronic Disorganization which was started by one of my organizing colleagues. The authors believe the term "chronic disorganization" is a euphemism for hoarders. I think that’s unfair; a case of a hammer seeing everything as a nail. Mental health practitioners are guilty of seeing every thing in pathological terms. Everyone who has clutter is not automatically a hoarder. Hoarders have an attachment to their stuff that goes beyond the utility of the item. Plenty of people with clutter would be happy to let it go once they found the things they really needed.

The authors also don’t think that the members of the NSGCD go far enough to actually help hoarders. I think we’re changing that especially since she told us how. Cognitive therapy is the prescribed mental health treatment for hoarders. This just means that someone sits with the hoarder and asks questions that would lead them through to a rational conclusion about why they are keeping an item.

In addition I like to keep the hoarder working on sorting their stuff for so long, they are sick of it and they vow never to let it get this bad again. Then I coach them on setting limits on the incoming stuff. I also let them talk about the stuff or if they prefer, they can ask me to talk about something—anything if they want to take their minds off it. I feel this raises their self-esteem to be able to relate to me on an intellectual topic rather than wallow in the shame of their mess. Higher self-esteem often results in a higher level of energy for the task at hand. This is the Amanda theory that will either make or break me in this work.

Cognitive therapy is all about getting the client to look at their feelings while sorting through stuff. Then helping them to get past their sticking points. The theory goes that when the emotion is worked through the therapist can help diminish it, but I had a therapist tell me yesterday that this isn’t necessarily so. People just like to go on about their feelings about everything. Some therapists create a crisis around the stuff on purpose to light a fire under them. This is too messy for me. Therapists like emotional messes. I like to bypass all the guilt, blame, grief, etc., etc., in favor of just getting the job done. I have had clients tell me they appreciate this quiet efficiency. Others like the drama and I am there for that too, but I don’t go looking for it.

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Drama Games: Techniques for Self-Development
Experiential therapy is used to locate repressed feelings and re-experience them. Once we feel them in the present, we can come to terms with them and put them in their proper perspective. We can use our energies to truly enter into the moment with all our awareness. The quality of our happiness lies in our ability to experience what is around us. Feelings are often attached to roles. When we experiment with different roles we gain information about our personal history and play with new possibilities for change. Games help us to increase concentration, develop thinking skills and to coordinate thought, emotion and action. They are a way to allow humor and fun to enter into the therapeutic process.
This book is designed to help participants get in touch with and express buried feelings in a safe and structured way and to offer training in the ability to be creative and spontaneous.

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