Michael McCarthy

Drama therapy combines creative interventions with verbal processing to help individuals access and process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, develop coping skills and rehearse for life. Using a client-centred approach, I meet the person where they are, discover their strengths, and facilitate their growth and development. I prioritize creating an accountable therapy environment that is safe for clients to express themselves free from judgement, normative or oppressive assumptions, and microaggressions. 
 
No theatrical experience is necessary to benefit from drama therapy. In my practice I use techniques and activities to help clients externalize their problems creatively using props, storytelling, drawing, collage, metaphor, role-play, and improvisation. The amount of verbal exchange varies depending on the needs, wants and comfort levels of the client in any given session. In addition to using drama as a therapeutic tool, I also help clients foster creativity in their daily lives to encourage wellness. My approach to well-being is based on a connection of the mind, body, and soul.
 
I have experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, queer and trans folks, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, substance users, those experiencing grief or feeling lost and people having trouble regulating mood, behaviour, and anxiety. 
 
If you would like more information about drama therapy, have questions about my practice or if you would like to schedule a brief phone or video consultation free of charge please contact me at michaeldramatherapy@gmail.com