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

Annual Salary

£26,250 to £48,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Dramatherapist jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll help clients use their imagination and creativity to increase their confidence and self-esteem. Your clients may have:

  • physical disabilities 
  • learning disabilities
  • emotional or behavioural problems
  • mental health conditions like depression or anxiety
  • addictions or an eating disorder

You’ll use a range of methods in your work, like voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppetry and masks.

You’ll encourage your clients to:

  • work as part of a group
  • form one-to-one relationships
  • express what they feel and think about the world around them
  • act out situations in a safe and supportive environment

You’ll work closely with other professionals like psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists.

You’ll need a degree in a related subject like drama or psychology, or a professional qualification in an area like nursing or teaching.

You’ll also usually need:

BADth and HCPC have more information on becoming a dramatherapist.

£26,250 to £48,000

Starter salary: £26,250 to £35,250

Experienced salary: £31,250 to £41,250

Freelance dramatherapists working in private practice may charge between £35 and £65 for a one-hour session.

These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may also do evening or weekend sessions.

You could work in a variety of places like schools, hospitals, prisons and day centres.

You might need to travel to different locations throughout your working day.

With experience, you could become a senior or consultant dramatherapist and lead a team of therapists or manage a unit. 

You could also train other dramatherapists or set up your own practice.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • creativity, intuition and imagination
  • the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds
  • emotional strength, with the ability to cope with challenging situations
  • report writing skills
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