Karen McDonald

Arts Psychotherapist specialising in Dramatherapy.

HCPC Registered; M.A;  Dip.Neuro-Dramatic Play; B.A(Hons)


Dramatherapy integrates all aspects of the arts to offer a unique creative psychotherapy to Children, Young People and Adults from all walks of life.

What is Dramatherapy?

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Express feelings, thoughts and emotions.


Explore your world, your relationships and opportunities for change.


Experience different ways of viewing yourself, others and the world.


Build on your strengths, to help manage difficulties and make troubling issues more bearable.


Support you to find your own resolutions.

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Dramatherapy integrates all aspects of the arts to work therapeutically with you as a whole person.

Sessions may include talking, art, music, story & character, therapeutic sand play, puppets, body & breath work, movement, and mindfulness.

Why Dramatherapy?

Dramatherapy can improve and develop emotional & 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

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

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.



Why Not Get In Touch?

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