MEET JACQUELINE VICTOR (JAQ)
“Learning works best when we use our whole selves—and it works even better when it is fun.”
It is tempting to rely on intellectual knowledge. In our high-tech digital era, people hope that logic and good intentions will save the day. How many times have you said, “I’m fine,” while the rest of your body revealed an entirely different truth? Have you ever forgotten that you have a body or that you are your body? Missing in most people’s recipe for healing is embodied knowledge, that is, the muscle memory needed to lead a more meaningful life.
Without our bodies, we demand our brains to figure everything out, which does not work. Ask any kid or neuroscientist. They will tell you learning works best when we use our whole selves—and it works even better when it is fun. Brainstorming is as important as bodystorming, especially for dealing with things that cannot easily be expressed in words, like certain forms of trauma and oppression. That, in a nutshell, is why I became a drama therapist.
Drama therapy improves your capacity to transform ideas into action. It pairs exceptionally well with traditional talk therapy methods, such as CBT and psychoanalysis. Problems and solutions can be brought to life, not just analyzed. No, you don’t have to be “good at acting” to benefit. You can be really shy, super rational, or speak English as a second language. Best of all, this method can be done in person, by phone, or over video. My purpose is to help you translate knowing better into doing better. Because what good is insight if you cannot apply it in the heat of the moment, when you need it most?
You deserve the magic of drama therapy, which respects multiple learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. You deserve the magic of an artist-healer-activist, who is skilled at noticing and optimizing your unique window for healing. Let us discover together the ways in which you are “brilliant and broken.” Because both are real. Both matter. Both have a context larger than any single individual, couple, family, or group.
If exploring body-inclusive, culturally-affirming, or trauma-centered healing methods sounds like your cup of tea, you know the drama therapist to call. I would love to co-create something special.