Group dramatherapy with veterans in both the UK and the US provided an opportunity where posttraumatic stress symptoms reduced and sense of belonging was enhanced temporarily. Co-production (co-creation) was found to be an essential element to this group work. This partnership provided the context for participants to lead by sharing the stories that were most salient to their own life journey. As a result, it provided insight into the story medicine that could enhance wellbeing. Findings suggest earlier engagement in the creation of sessions may provide additional benefits.
Lisa Peacock completed her PhD in Dramatherapy from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in 2023. Peacock has practiced as a dramatherapist for more than a decade after being trained in the US and began practicing in the UK in 2019. She has worked with young and older adults facing mental health challenges both in hospital and community settings. Peacock has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing posttraumatic stress, life-threatening illness, burnout or compassion fatigue. Peacock works for the NHS in Devon, England and has a small private practice. She will complete her training as a clinical supervisor in June.