Karen McDonald is an HCPC Registered Arts Therapist specialising in Dramatherapy M.A  Dip. Neuro-Dramatic Play  B.A (Hons)  working in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.  

Hello. I am a HCPC Reg. Arts Therapist specialising in Dramatherapy.  Dramatherapy is a unique and creative form of psychological therapy conducted by a qualified therapist.       It can be a particularly helpful therapy for Children, Young People and Adults:    

  • When verbal communication is difficult or it is hard express what's going on;  
  • When emotions or issues are unknown, overwhelming or too confusing to express verbally;  
  • When words are not enough or too much to bear.    

I work with clients on wide range of social, physical, emotional and psychological difficulties.  Because Dramatherapy does not rely on a purely 'talking' approach, it can allow people to communicate, express and explore indirectly, safely and in your own unique way.      

In general terms, Dramatherapy aims to enable you to:    

  • Express your feelings, thoughts and emotions.  
  • Explore your world, your relationships and opportunities for change.  
  • Experience different ways of viewing yourself, others and issues you bring to therapy.  
  • Build on your strengths to help you manage difficulties and make troubling issues more bearable.  
  • Support you to explore and find your own resolutions.        

You do not need any previous experience or skills in drama or the arts.  Sessions are person-centred and can include using the imagination and talking, art, music, story, sand play, puppets, movement and mindfulness, depending on your preferences and needs. 

Sessions are currently running from the Lifeways Centre in Stratford Upon Avon, which offers ground floor rooms with wheelchair access.   

Karen McDonald holds professional registration under the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a full Member with The British Association of Dramatherapists (Badth).