A day as a dramatherapist

You're based at your local NHS hospital, and start work at 9.00 am. Your first patient is a twelve old boy who has become addicted to sniffing glue following his parents' divorce. He has a history of being bullied because of speech and language difficulties and cannot express himself with words. You help him make puppets based on characters from his favourite stories and encourage him to make sounds to express his feelings through the puppets. You are able to reassure him that there are people who can care for him. Next you drive to the community centre, where you work with a group of refugees who are finding it hard to settle into a new way of life. You help them to express themselves by working with the stories from their homeland. Your days are always varied and you love working different groups of people.

Does this sound like you?

You are patient, understanding and trustworthy and happy to talk about and listen to feelings and emotions.

What's next after GCSE?

It is a good idea to gain a minimum of five A-C grades of GCSE (or the equivalent), preferably including drama and psychology. You should then apply for at least three A levels (including drama/theatre studies) at college/6th form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

Generally you will first need to apply for a degree in theatre studies/drama or a psychological health-related subject and then gain some experience of working with people with special needs before you then apply to take an approved MA in dramatherapy.