On magic

Day 29. A whole bunch of #dramatherapists in a sterile conference hotel making magic out of thin air.

Today I’m back at work at the #detox center, and I’m struck with how fitting this image is. The work I do here is small, often goes unnoticed. Most of if happens in the liminal space between institutional walls and a person’s imagination. My job is to help people see what isn’t there, to visualize a future that maybe they’ve never experienced. One without alcohol, sure, and heroin, of course. But one that goes back even further, to a time before abuse, trauma, childhood pain and hurt became accustomed to. To a time before the voice of self-doubt, self-hate, and fear was internalized. To reconnect with a childlike fearlessness of the unknown, the other, and yes, the self. Often the people I meet have so much shame and anger at themselves that they cannot even see who they were before addiction took over. And so I am there to remind them that other self-reflections are possible.

It’s hard to do this work in systems that don’t always understand what #dramatherapy is or what it can be. It’s hard to feel like I’m doing this work alone. But having the opportunity to spend a weekend reconnecting with like others who walk the same institutional halls and make the invisible and unknown and impossible possible reminds me that I have a wealth of support. Alchemists, advocates, allies, radicals, caretakers, containers, and leaders, I stand with an army of powerful souls.

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On radical change

Day 27. Feeling very good about this new pin and the #dramatherapistsagainstwhitesupremacy campaign ✔️
Conference day two was full and rich. Thank you all.

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On getting to know me

Just wanted to introduce myself to any new folks! I’m Danielle, a drama therapist and creative arts therapist.

So what exactly is Drama Therapy? (I get this question frequently.) It’s a form of therapy that utilizes creative, embodied methods to facilitate change.

What does it look like? Depends on the setting and client goals/needs. Sometimes we talk or tell stories, other times we use art materials or mindfulness techniques, and still other times we use our bodies to move, improvise, play theater games, or take on roles. It’s a trauma-informed, strength-based form of therapy that aims to meet clients where they are at and provide a safe-enough space for real healing and change.

Who is drama therapy for? Anyone can take part, it doesn’t require experience acting or being an artist! In my private practice I work primarily with adults and teens dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, major life changes, and creative blocks.

If you or anyone you know needs support, DM or email me for more info. Phone consultations are always complimentary. I’d love to see if I would be the right person for you to work with! None of us can or should do this alone.
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On community

Day 26. So many beautiful pieces of therapeutic theatre were shared this evening! Two shows – Queer As Performance and #UsToo – addressed the radical necessity for speaking your truth and entering into spaces where you can be seen fully, in all your glory. I’m blown away by my community. 💞

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On failures

Day 25.
“Honey of My Failures
Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt – marvelous error! –
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.”
– Antonio Machado

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On growing pains

Day 24. My goals for tonight! Full moon and all.
Tomorrow morning I set off for the annual North American Drama Therapy Association conference in Kansas City. It’s been a long day, and now at 11pm, I’ve just gotten home and still have to pack and prep for my conference presentation. It’s also the first time that I’m leaving my kiddo for 4 days EVER, and I’m having all the feels! 🌜GROWING PAINS🌛 Still, it will be a special weekend away. I need this space to connect with my community, and my baby is in wonderful hands with his dad and relatives. I know this. I know this. And still…
Now I sleep. Tomorrow will be ok. One step at a time.

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😴🐠 It’s amazing how much better you feel when you give yourself the permission to rest and rejuvenate.
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