Dramatherapists use group work, role-play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll need a degree in a related subject like drama or psychology, or a professional qualification in an area like nursing or teaching.
You’ll also usually need:
- practical drama experience
- paid or unpaid work experience helping people overcome problems or difficulties
- an MA approved by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)
- current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
2. Skills required
- excellent communication skills
- creativity, intuition and imagination
- the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds
- emotional strength, with the ability to cope with challenging situations
- report writing skills
3. What you'll do
You’ll help clients use their imagination and creativity to increase their confidence and self-esteem. Your clients may have:
- physical disabilities
- learning disabilities
- emotional or behavioural problems
- mental health conditions like depression or anxiety
- addictions or an eating disorder
You’ll use a range of methods in your work, like voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppetry and masks.
You’ll encourage your clients to:
- work as part of a group
- form one-to-one relationships
- express what they feel and think about the world around them
- act out situations in a safe and supportive environment
You’ll work closely with other professionals like psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists.
Starter: £26,250 to £35,250
Experienced: £31,250 to £41,250
Highly Experienced: up to £48,000
Freelance dramatherapists working in private practice may charge between £35 and £65 for a one hour session.These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may also do evening or weekend sessions.
You could work in a variety of places like schools, hospitals, prisons and day centres.
You might need to travel to different locations throughout your working day.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a senior or consultant dramatherapist and lead a team of therapists or manage a unit.
You could also train other dramatherapists, or set up your own practice.
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Last updated: 06 March 2017