Karen McDonald

Karen is an Arts Therapist specialising in Dramatherapy M.A., B.A(Hons), offering a unique Arts Psychotherapy approach to adults, young people, children and families from all walks of life.

What is Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy is a unique and creative form of psychological therapy using active and playful methods to aid exploration, insight, growth and healing.

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Karen will offer a variety of creative tools to work with during sessions, led by each person’s needs and wishes.  These may include:

  • Talking, playing and using the imagination
  • Movement and using the body
  • Music, sound and voice
  • Art: drawing, sculpting, puppets, masks
  • Story making and Story telling
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • Therapeutic Sandtray Play
  • Using text such as poetry, song lyrics, films, story
  • Creating and exploring characters & roles

Why Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy can enable Children, Young People and Adults to improve & develop their emotional and psychological health, social relationships and overall wellbeing.

  • Emotional & Physical Recovery
  • Coping Strategies and Emotional Resilience
  • Communication and Expression of Emotions
  • Insight, Understanding and Empathy
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Social skills and Relationship building
  • Making choices and problem-solving
  • Autonomy & Independence
  • Creativity, Play, Imagination and engagement with the world

What is a Dramatherapist?

As a Dramatherapist, I have an in-depth experiential and theoretical knowledge of dramatic & creative art forms, alongside clinical training in psychological therapy. This provides me with a sound psychological framework and Creative Arts tool bag to ensure safe & effective clinical Dramatherapy practice.

Dramatherapy study is set at Master’s level (MA).  The Masters’ qualification is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), and recognised by the Department of Health. For more information on approved training courses click here.

Full Member of BADTH

I am also a full member of The British Association of Dramatherapists and practice in accordance with Badth guidelines, code of Ethics and Equal Opportunities Policies and undertake regular clinical supervision.

HCPC Registered

As a Dramatherapist, I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) under a protected title, and practice according to their guidelines.

Registration Number: AS14538

Hear what others have to say:

 Having experienced other types of therapy, I can absolutely say that there is something utterly unique and special about the way Karen works and I am so pleased and grateful to have attended sessions with her.  [Dramatherapy] has helped me with areas that I had not been so aware of, but that directly influenced my difficulties.


Age 29

When we go out he doesn’t kick off anymore… I haven’t had to come into school for him and he hasn’t been sent home.  He is coming to me more and giving me kisses on the cheek… showing me more love.  He tries to do things himself a lot more and doesn’t lose his temper or get so angry with himself. He is a lot happier.


  I liked playing games and making my mask…sometimes it was hard.  Sometime I know what I want but it’s hard to say, so I liked not always talking.  I learnt that it is not easy to decide for myself always, so I can ask someone for help.


Age 7

Why Not Get In Touch?

Why not give me a call for an initial consultation to discuss your needs