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

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends;

Future employment

There will be 3.8% more Dramatherapist jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a dramatherapist, you could:

  • help clients use their creativity to increase their self confidence
  • use voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppets or masks
  • support clients to express what they feel and act out situations in a safe environment
  • encourage clients to work as a group and to form one to one relationships
  • work closely with psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at an adult care home, at a school or in a prison.

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.


You'll need to complete a postgraduate qualification in dramatherapy, accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists.

To apply for the postgraduate course, you'll need a degree in a subject like drama, creative therapies or psychology.

You might also be able to apply if you've got a degree in a related subject, like occupational therapy, nursing or social work.

Work experience

You'll be expected to have practical drama experience.

You'll also be expected to have paid or voluntary experience in helping people to deal with issues like mental health.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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You might be able to do an Arts Therapist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship.

You'll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • a degree in a relevant subject
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Volunteering and work experience

You'll find it useful to have paid or voluntary work experience.

You could work:

  • in the community on drama projects
  • in youth work
  • with people with disabilities or mental health issues

You can get practical experience by volunteering in the NHS.

You can also find volunteering opportunities through The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Do IT.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

It might help if you've got a background in teaching, acting, nursing or social work.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the British Association of Dramatherapists for professional recognition, training and development opportunities.

Further information

You can find advice about how to become a dramatherapist from the British Association of Dramatherapists and Health Careers.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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With experience you could:become a senior or consultant dramatherapist and lead a team or manage a unit; train other dramatherapists; set up your own practice

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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