Improvisation Therapy

Improvisation Therapy is a Mindfulness training session developed by Brendan and based on his varied skill set. The group-session includes a discussion about the practical benefits of mindfulness, story-telling, poetry, simple role-play improvisations and finishes with a long, guided meditation to help you integrate it all.

Improvisation Therapy was developed at a mental health retreat on the Sunshine Coast, and is designed to help develop mindfulness. It’s a safe but unpredictable space where we can practice being present in the moment instead of getting lost in our old habits. It is excellent practice for being mindful in everyday life.

The session includes some improvised role-play which is beginner level and there is no ‘acting’ required. It’s more about doing some simple excercises in a light-hearted way.

Be warned, sometimes it even becomes fun!

One of the big challenges of developing mindfulness in daily life is staying focused. In these group-sessions guests are encouraged to stay focused and aware throughout the session, thereby gaining some experience of responding to a stressful situation in a new, positive way.

There are four unique Improvisation Therapy sessions.

Each has the same format: welcome and a grounding meditation; discussion; role-playing and improvisation; a guided integration meditation.

In each discussion we look at a way of understanding our problems from a different perspective and this helps create confidence in being able to make changes in our life.

  • In session one I explain neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity to reshape its own neural pathways to change our old, hard-wired habits.
  • In session two we look at the ‘Comfort Zone’, that state where mindfulness is easy and life flows. We’ll look at how to recognize when we’re out of our comfort zone and how to get back into it.
  • In session three we look at what happens when we go into ‘auto-pilot’ and our compulsive habits take over. From a neuroscientific perspective we are stuck in a body-brain loop that traps us in our past. We’ll look at breaking these loops using mindfulness.
  • In session four we look at the ‘Gestalt Experience’, a great model for understanding how we get trapped in our habits and how cultivating awareness can change that.

These sessions were developed at a mental health retreat on the Sunshine Coast and are suitable for anyone interested in developing mindfulness. I’ve run sessions with people who have never meditated and never done any role-play and they easily took part and got a lot out of it.

Interested in hosting an Improvisation Therapy session? I can tailor you a session for a one-off event or run a series of sessions for your group. Use the form below to get in touch or visit our Contact Page.

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