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Dramatherapist

Dramatherapists use group work, role-play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £26,250 to £48,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

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:

BADth and HCPC have more information on becoming a dramatherapist.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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 environment

You’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 progression

With 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