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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 12 year-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.