Published: 15th September 2017
All this doctor prescribes is drama, drama and more drama!
Doctor Drama’s videos can take those blues away. And the good doctor from Mumbai aims to do just that
Therapy can make a person feel better, they say. But ‘the couch’ isn’t the only place you can find some therapy. 25-year-old Anupriya Meenakshi, better known as Doctor Drama, studied Drama Therapy at New York University and was even one of the first Indians to apply for such a course. "I came in thinking that I was going to heal the world and bring about change, but I realised that I’m here to stand by and witness someone else's journey and facilitate self-care and acceptance," recalls Anupriya, who started the Facebook page Doctor Drama in May, which is currently 514-likes strong. "Through Doctor Drama, I want to find the string that unites your mind, body and soul and make a happy tune with it," she says.
Therapy is not about someone advising you on how to live your life. It's just about reconnecting with yourself
If you've ever felt relaxed after dancing or listening to music, then you are aware of the effects of drama therapy, which is simply using art to tackle mental health problems. "We know drama is therapeutic, but we don't know how to incorporate it into therapy," says the Mumbai-based therapist, who uses everyday objects to help those in distress. One such object can be your phone, apparently! "Everyone takes a selfie to see how they look externally, but not to reflect on how they are feeling internally," she explains, arming her viewers with tasks like taking a selfie of an obstacle.
Weekly dose: To honour National Suicide Prevention Week, Doctor Drama posted a series of five activities alongside the dolls in Dr.AMA series
It's all about introducing the intention of self-care and introspection — writing letters to reconnect with people, but not posting them is one such technique. But Anupriya understands the limitations of therapy through pre-recorded videos. So she ensures that the feedback system is strong. The good doctor only has one aim — to revamp ‘therapy’ and introduce it as a tool to reconnect with oneself. "Just think of me as a plumber unclogging your mental system," she says, with a lot of drama, we must say!
Check the page out here www.facebook.com/docdrama/