Trauma and the Body: A Psychodramatic Approach
by Tian Dayton
Watch expert psychodramatist Tian Dayton work with group participants to help work through the traumas they carry within their bodies.
The body remembers the trauma that the mind does not. Psychodrama provides a space for the body to speak, for somatic memory to become conscious, and for the mind to connect and process what the body is experiencing. In this video, Travis speaks to his wounded heart and works through his fear of dying; Sheila speaks to her mother who committed suicide and releases anger that was locked up for many years; and Amal speaks to the birth mother she never met, confronting the belief that she was never loved or wanted. Dayton highlights the emotion that emerges from these participants’ bodies, and helps give voice and meaning to the catharsis that emerges so that an integration between mind and body can occur.

What therapists are saying…

"These DVDs clearly present in a step-by-step fashion how psychodrama works and why this extraordinary approach is so valuable in treatment. Tian Dayton's is an incisive and sensitive director; her approach is clear, deep and emotionally intelligent. I recommend these to psychodramatists, drama therapists, and, indeed, to all psychotherapists searching for effective methods to treat trauma."

-- Robert J. Landy, PhD, Director, Drama Therapy Program New York University
"These are the best available demonstrations of how the method operates in the field today. Dayton explains the rationale of her moves so you can follow the director's strategy. The follow-up material, including interviews of participants, greatly enrich the viewers' understandings, and the accompany Instructor's Manuals make these DVDs especially useful for training. I must add that I was deeply touched at several points while watching watching these, as the humanity of the participants emerged so vividly."

-- Adam Blatner, MD, Author of Foundations of Psychodrama and Interactive and Improvisational Drama

Length of video: 1:40:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-181-X

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-181-8

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-180-1

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-180-1

Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP has presented psychodrama to wide audiences across the U.S. for two and a half decades. She taught psychodrama at New York University for eight years and seven as Director of program development for Caron Treatment Center. Currently, she is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including The Living Stage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, The Drama Within: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy and Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance.
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