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Guy and Carrie - Drama Therapy for their son

The Adoption Support Fund has supported many families since it was introduced in May 2015.

In the June 2016 edition of the ASF Newsletter, we saw how Guy and Carrie and their son Christian were being supported by the Adoption Support Fund. Christian had uncontrollable anger issues that were often directed towards Carrie and his brother. Dramatherapy was funded to address Christian’s therapeutic needs as well as provide the family with hope.

We now take a look at how Dramatherapy, funded by the Adoption Support Fund, has helped Christian and his family.

Since adopting Christian, Guy and Carrie conceived two children and there are some issues around the dynamics between Christian and his siblings. He exhibited uncontrollable anger, often aimed at his brother or mum. These outbursts cause concern, especially for the safety of the younger siblings.

Aim
Carrie’s hope was that Christian would be able to talk through and express his feelings. She wanted him to be happier and not so angry about everything. She also hoped to see an improvement in his relationship with his brother. 

Outcome
Christian received 12 sessions of drama therapy to help him explore some of the issues he struggles with such as violent nightmares, negative sense of self, how he understands his own emotional response to situations, his relationship with his adoptive family and particularly how he relates to being adopted and his struggles in school. 

Dramatherapy has been helpful for Christian. He used the sessions well to explore emotions and feelings and how they apply and change in different situations. He has developed creative imagination and play which has helped to improve relationships and communication outside the sessions.

 

Christian now has an improved relationship with his brother and is:

  • Better able to talk through / explore / express his feelings

  • More comfortable sharing and taking turns

  • Better able build a secure and trusting relationship with an adult (therapist and now teachers)

  • Better able to manage change (although further support would be beneficial)

  • Better able to identify triggers for difficult/emotional behaviour