Psychodrama is a form of group therapy that can be highly effective in addressing old wounds and memories with the help of your peers in a group setting. Do you get plagued by unwanted or painful memories of past activities with others? Was there a lot of drama in your home growing up? Do you have ongoing bad feelings about how you interact with your boss because of a bad or traumatic experience in the past? These scenarios and an almost unlimited amount of memories from your past are ones that need healing.
Psychodrama is the dramatic reenactment of painful past experiences in a group setting. You may be thinking, “Maybe that’s nor for me.” or, “I’ll pass on that one!” or, “Why would I want to do that?”
We believe there are very good reasons to do so. Unless the memory or memories that you are thinking about are ones that you know will never happen again, re-experiencing these memories and tying in new ways to process these events, allows for transformation and results in healing and freedom.
At LifeSync Malibu, our trained professional staff will help you delve into these difficult parts of your past with a compassionate and gentle healing approach that will help you gain freedom from reacting in the same destructive ways. We understand on a deep level about how these wounds lead us to make poor decisions about our lives. We know because we have lived it! And, we have recovered from these paralyzing emotions.
Salvador Dali, Carmen and Don Jose Fleeing on Horseback
When we employ psychodrama, we use a group setting to start to explore a painful or awkward memory from our past. Our clients have the opportunity to share these memories and, with a compassionate and gentle approach, our clinicians will guide the group through a highly insightful restorative process that allows the person to see their experience in a new way.
We often see tremendous breakthroughs with this approach. Not only will you get relief about issues that have been bothering you, but you will start to see things in a different way. There is a lot of power in the group dynamic. We see people bonding in a deeper way and they begin the process of sharing one another’s burdens as well as relating more deeply with each other.
You are not alone in your suffering and pain. Many of our team members have walked through huge valleys of darkness and have come out the other side. We can help you access the emotional roots of your painful memories. Our clients often, but not always, express feeling relieved or like a weight is lifted off of them by opening up. Some may even view these types of experiences themselves as transformative.
Cognitive restructuring of old emotions leads to new neural pathways and healing
However, there is more to healing than just experiences and that’s where our professionally trained and highly skilled clinicians come in and conduct all our groups with an eye for the scientific method. This is an important distinction because we know that unbridled emotional release in itself, is not sufficient to bring lasting healing. We will help you create a new and solid cognitive schema that provides novel neural pathways for processing emotionally charged social situations. This is why we believe that accessing emotional content through a dramatic reenactment of a painful memory is the first part of a two-part process. The second part is the cognitive restructuring and reassessment of the memory with a different lens that allows for healing of the old wound and gives people a new perspective on how to approach similar situations in the future.