East West Center for Counselling & Training | Indian Institute of Psychodrama | Magdalene Jeyarathnam | Eric Miller

Why offline psychodrama sessions work better?

After covid, I was waiting to get back to practicing psychodrama offline, in a face-to-face or in-person setting, offers several unique benefits due to the physical presence and interpersonal interactions involved. I have had in several dramas, the shaking leg or twitching hands take on a role and speak. Here are some key advantages of practicing psychodrama offline:

  1. Physical Connection: In-person psychodrama allows for physical touch, which can be an essential element in certain psychodramatic techniques. This physical connection can enhance the therapeutic process, build trust, and convey empathy. However, it is always safe to ask, Is it okay if I put my hand on your shoulder?
  2. Immediate Feedback: Facilitators and participants can provide immediate, real-time feedback through verbal and non-verbal communication. This instant feedback can help individuals gain insights and make meaningful progress during the session.
  3. Non-Verbal Cues: In face-to-face sessions, participants can observe and interpret non-verbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. These cues can be rich sources of information and can deepen the therapeutic experience.
  4. Group Dynamics: Offline psychodrama groups often form strong bonds and group dynamics. Being physically present with others fosters a sense of community, trust, and mutual support among participants.
  5. Sensorial Engagement: Offline psychodrama sessions engage the senses fully. Participants can physically interact with props, objects, and the environment, creating a multisensory experience that can enhance emotional expression and exploration.
  6. Personal Space and Environment: In-person sessions provide the opportunity for individuals to create their own personal spaces within the room. This physical environment can be customized to suit the needs of each participant, promoting a sense of safety and comfort.
  7. Spontaneity: Psychodrama often involves spontaneous role-playing and improvisation. Being physically present allows participants to move freely and engage with others in an unscripted manner, promoting genuine spontaneity and authenticity.
  8. Safe Container: The physical presence of a facilitator and the group provides a safe container for individuals to explore their emotions, fears, and vulnerabilities. This sense of safety is often crucial for psychodrama therapy to be effective.
  9. Deeper Connection: Some psychodrama techniques, such as psychodramatic psychotherapy, involve deep emotional exploration and catharsis. The physical presence of a facilitator can offer a reassuring anchor during these intense moments.
  10. Rapport Building: Building a therapeutic rapport can be easier in person, as the facilitator and participants can establish a strong connection through shared physical space and real-time interaction.
  11. Crisis Intervention: In cases of emotional distress or crisis during a psychodrama session, facilitators can provide immediate support and intervention to ensure the safety and well-being of participants.

Choose offline sessions when ever you get the opportunity !

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