When Creativity is Hard with Rebecca Davis

“I believe that as we’re being creative, sometimes we really have to practice creativity, as opposed to wait for creativity. And I found that that’s such a powerful practice for me when I’m working with young people, because part of my job is to hear terrible things all the time. And to make those things playable.

And it’s really, really hard. It’s really hard and scary to play with things that you don’t think you can play with. And in drama therapy, and in developmental transformations, we are talking about, how do I play with grief? How do I play with death? How do I play with sexual assault? How do I play with domestic violence? And I want to be clear, when I say the word play, that I’m not saying, this isn’t mocking, and I’m not making fun of people with these things. I really mean, how can I help loosen some of this trauma that gets locked in our bodies? And how can I do that, using the dramatic medium?”

Rebecca is a mental health therapist specializing in working with adolescents and adults with trauma of all kinds. A former singer and actor, Rebecca found her way to drama therapy through her first degree in Drama Education. When she’s not pretending to be an anaconda or a ninja, Rebecca enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and hanging out with her puppies and birds. Yes, people who keep birds as pets are odd.  She knows. Someday Rebecca will get a PhD to study trauma and play. Also someday, she’ll go back to writing short plays. Until then, she’ll keep building spaceships while being forced to finish her math homework (for pretend).

To learn more about Rebecca and follow her work, you can check out her website (and soon-to-be blog and podcast) at therapyaltered.com, follow her on Instagram at TheMentalAthlete and TherapyAltered, or shoot her an email at rebecca.davis@me.com.