An Artistic Twist on Therapy and Self-Reflection

March 10, 2017

Sarah Korda is a San Francisco therapist passionate about using talk therapy, Drama Therapy, and creative arts methods to help individuals and couples cope in our increasingly anxiety-driven society. “There’s so much loneliness and isolation in the world, especially given the current political climate. Being someone who offers a little bit of peace to a small group of people who feel worried and isolated is very important to me,” says Sarah.

“Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals.” – North American Drama Therapy Association

As part of this type of therapy, Sarah uses role-play and helps her clients act out their problems to resolve deeper, darker issues. “Therapy doesn’t always have to be serious. Even though it can be heavy and difficult at times, it can also be happy and weird and fun. When people come into my office, they think I work with kids because of all the colorful scarves, different figurines, and other props,” says the drama therapist.

Sometimes clients can get stuck in a loop while talking about their lives. Acting out their problems and journaling can get them out of that loop and help them see their problems from a different angle. “I often recommend journaling or even retelling their own history by writing about what they wish their lives were like. I find that through this type of self-reflection, journaling provides more breakthroughs and insights,” says Korda.


“I might also ask a client to tap into a part of themselves that’s angry and just let it all out on the page. Sometimes people feel that they have so much to get out, a 50-minute therapy session once a week isn’t enough. Journaling provides more space to talk out their feelings. They can go on and on as long as they need to.”

Sarah believes that most people can benefit from therapy. “It can be extremely helpful even if you’re not in an acute state. It’s a good time to build strength and resources. Sometimes when people are doing really well, they discover things in therapy that can help them when they’re working through harder times.”

Visit to learn more about Sarah’s practice! And download Therachat, our free, secure guided journaling app that encourages self-reflection in between therapy sessions by sending AI-generated, conversational prompts. Use it on your own or share your insights with your therapist.


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