1st Edition

One-to-One Psychodrama Psychotherapy Applications and Technique

Edited By Anna Chesner Copyright 2019
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    One-to-One Psychodrama Psychotherapy: Applications and Technique will be an invaluable resource and manual to the field for those training in or practising psychodrama psychotherapy in a one-to-one frame. This book brings together for the first time current thinking and practice, developed and refined at the London Centre for Psychodrama Group and Individual Psychotherapy.

    Divided in two parts, this book provides a comprehensive background to the field and an exploration of the theory and techniques discussed, drawing upon the experience of practitioners in their one-to-one practice. Case studies are presented and discussed across diverse issues, such as anxiety, bereavement, shame, eating disorders, dissociative identity disorder, multi-agency work with children and brief interventions within an organisational setting.  

    One-to-One Psychodrama Psychotherapy will appeal to all experienced practitioners as well as those wishing to work with psychodrama psychotherapy on an individual basis.



    Part One: Setting the Scene

    Chapter 1: Framing Creativity

    Anna Chesner

    Chapter 2: Role Theory and Role Analysis

    Jinnie Jefferies

    Chapter 3: Concretisation and Playing with Perspective

    Anna Chesner

    Chapter 4: Working with Role

    Anna Chesner

    Chapter 5: Working with Addictions

    Anna Chesner

    Chapter 6: Psychodramatic Dream Work

    Anna Chesner

    Part Two: Case Studies: the method in action

    Chapter 7: Understanding the Child’s Voice, A Systemic Approach to One to One Psychodrama Psychotherapy

    Paula Davies

    Chapter 8: Our Deepest Pain: Working with Shame in Individual Psychodrama Psychotherapy

    Anna Napier

    Chapter 9: Working with Grief and Loss

    Lydia Mak

    Chapter 10: Working Psychodramatically with Anxiety

    Virginie Boury

    Chapter 11: One to One Psychodrama with Eating Disorders

    Eva Koumpli

    Chapter 12: Lucy and Her Secret Inner World

    Esther Tang

    Chapter 13: A brief One to One Session using Role Analysis and Role Theory in a Corporate Organisation

    Maxine Daniels


    Anna Chesner is a UK Council for Psychotherapy-registered psychodrama and group analytic psychotherapist and creative supervisor. She has trained arts therapists, integrative counsellors and psychotherapists, and is Co-Director of the London Centre for Psychodrama Group and Individual Psychotherapy. She has written extensively on dramatherapy, psychodrama psychotherapy and creative supervision.

    "Anna Chesner and her colleagues have created a dynamic, lucid and far-reaching presentation of one-to-one psychodrama stemming from decades of innovative work at the London Centre for Psychodrama. The book is wonderfully reader-friendly and the illustrations are very special in terms of both creativity and utility. Many of the perspectives and practices featured here are also likely to be of interest to psychotherapists and counsellors who do not (yet) use psychodrama as an element within their clinical approach. I expect a standing ovation from within the field of psychodrama itself." - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex, UK

    "This book is an exciting, generous and much-needed contribution to the field of psychodrama psychotherapy – essential reading for practitioners and students. It shows how healing and richly creative one-to-one psychodrama psychotherapy can be. Anna Chesner has brought together a group of international authors who range from the most experienced to the newly minted; all of them offer fresh ideas drawn from front-line one-to-one practice. The ideas are intellectually far-reaching and bold, and the case studies are empathic, humane and deeply rooted in theory and practice wisdom. Read this book and be inspired to develop your one-to-one practice to the next level." - Dr Clark Baim, Senior Trainer in Psychodrama Psychotherapy (UKCP, BPA), Honorary President of the British Psychodrama Association, Director of the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, UK

    "This is a remarkable book. It takes us on a guided journey through the application of psychodrama in the one-to-one therapeutic context. Theory appears in measurable doses without diverting the main path. We pass through several examples of practice and careful explanations show us the reason that various decisions are made.  Techniques of doubling, role reversal, de-rolling, coaching and more are carefully explained, and the reader can visualise the practical session. This is the genius of the author, her capacity to bring alive her work in a genuine and real way. One quotation must suffice to illustrate: ‘...a two-part role relationship can be worked on without actually taking on the role of the other. It is worth remembering that the role relationship exists not only as a historical experience and narrative but also as an internal object relationship.’ I found this book immensely readable, informative and accessible." - Professor Sue Jennings PhD, Professor of Play (EFD), visiting Professor University of Derby, UK, Specialist in Neuro-Dramatic-Play (www.ndpltd.org)