The contribution of dramatherapy to the reconnection of abused Palestinian females with their bodies and feelings

Authored by: Alia Safadi Zoabi , Natalie Hayek Damouni

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213

10.4324/9781315728537.ch19

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Abstract

Scholarship on creative therapies in the Arab world is scarce. Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy. It is a new, experiential approach that was formally founded in the UK in 1976. In the US, it first began to appear in therapeutic circles in 1979. 1 It would take nearly a decade before it arrived in Israel, in 1988. As for the Arab Palestinian minority in Israel, dramatherapy remains alien to this day. Conventionally, the Arab society is conservative and mostly views patients of therapeutic fields such as psychotherapy as suffering from strains of mental diseases. Moreover, the societal framework particularly targets female patients in its ruthless categorisations of people undergoing therapy. There is a general fear that therapy may increase independence and ultimately destabilise a woman’s life and marriage (Alnabulsi and Mansour 2011, p. 93). Dramatherapy enables access to emotional and psychological problems and exploring inner issues, which increase women’s self-awareness by dramatic distance instead of direct talking.

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