Psychodrama Therapy What Is It?

Psychodrama is an active and creative therapeutic approach that uses guided drama and role playing to work through problems. Developed by Dr. Jacob Moreno, psychodrama can be effective individually or in a group (sociodrama), and is sometimes offered in mental health programs, schools and businesses.

During each psychodrama session, participants reenact specific scenes and experiences with guidance from a therapist. These scenes may include past situations, dreams and preparations for future events. In a group setting, other participants play the roles of significant others or the audience, offering support and bringing to the surface underlying beliefs and issues.

The goals of psychodrama are to gain new insights, resolve problems, and practice new life skills and behaviors. Sessions can last from one to two hours and may be acted out on stage under the guidance of a psychodrama director.


Psychodrama can be a powerful experience. Because it is an active, “real-time” therapy, psychodrama can be an empowering alternative to traditional talk therapy.

Psychodrama can help people:

  • Improve their relationships and communication skills
  • Overcome grief and loss
  • Restore confidence and well-being
  • Enhance learning and life skills
  • Express their feelings in a safe, supportive environment
  • Experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving


Psychodrama is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Autism
  • Eating Disorders
  • Adoption and Attachment Issues


by McKayla Arnold