About Karen McDonald
I undertook my Masters Dramatherapy training at Roehampton University (2009-2012). I was awarded an M.A with Distinction through my work and research with Children, Young People and Adults in the areas of Mental Healthcare and within Educational settings.
Over the last five years I have developed my Dramatherapy Clinical experience working alongside Children, Young People and Adults within the areas of Mental Healthcare, Educational settings and Specialist Charities.
My clients have included people with Special Educational Needs and ASD; People who have attracted the diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorder, Self-Harm, Disordered Eating and Attachment disorders. I have also provided bespoke training days and experiential workshops for local professionals and students.
Alongside my private practice here in Stratford-Upon-Avon I work with the specialist Warwickshire based charity Safeline, providing Dramatherapy to people at risk of sexual exploitation, Survivors and those affected by Rape and Sexual Abuse and Children presenting with Sexually Inappropriate Behavior.
As a Dramatherapist I aim to provide an empathic, caring and open creative space for people to access their own inner resources and creativity. I aim to build safe therapeutic relationships, and provide a range of Creative verbal and non-verbal therapeutic approaches, which meet the preferences and needs of the people I work alongside.
I am a reflective practitioner, with professional registration under the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full Membership with The British Association of Dramatherapists (Badth). I access regular clinical supervision and have a solid understanding and engagement with theoretical, ethical and practice based research material.
My background story begins with my professional training as a Theatre Arts Practitioner BA (Hons) in Manchester (2000-2003). I spent six years working in the creative arts industry, also participating in ‘Arts-in-health’ and ‘Theatre-in-Education’ projects. These projects were the seeds to my growth in supporting, informing and empowering people through dynamic theatrical approaches.
During this time, I also became a Mental Health Support and Recovery Worker, leading to professional roles within mental health charities and NHS Mental Health Teams. I specialised in Person-centred Recovery approaches and worked alongside people who were managing complex and enduring mental health and emotional needs.
My experience working within Mental Health services, led to my interest in therapeutic approaches to healing and recovery. By combining my skills in both Creative Arts practice and Health & Social Care, I created a solid foundation to build my Dramatherapy training and clinical practice.