Karen McDonald, HCPC Reg. Arts Therapist, Dramatherapist M.A, B.A(Hons).
Hello. My name is Karen. I am a HCPC Registered Arts Therapist specialising in Dramatherapy, working in Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Dramatherapy is a unique form of psychological therapy using active, creative and playful methods to facilitate exploration, insight, growth and healing. Because Dramatherapy does not rely on a purely 'talking' approach, it can allow people to communicate, express and explore indirectly, safely and in your own unique way. You do not need any previous experience or skills in drama or the arts. Dramatherapy is suitable for all ages and abilities.
I will offer a variety of creative tools to work with during sessions, suitable for your needs and preferences. These may include:
- Talking and using the imagination
- Movement and using the body
- Music , sound and voice
- Art: drawing, sculpting, puppets, masks
- Story making and Story telling
- Sand Play
- Using text such as poetry, song lyrics, films, life scripts.
- Creating and exploring characters & roles
- Relaxation and Mindfulness
As a Dramatherapist I aim to provide a safe, empathic, caring and open creative space for you to explore and access your own inner resources.
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).
Training, qualifications & experience
I achieved my Dramatherapy M.A with Distinction at Roehampton University (2009-2012), through my work and research with Children, Young People and Adults in the areas of Mental Healthcare and Educational settings, including those with Special Educational Needs.
My Clinical Dramatherapy experience includes work within community & In-patient Adult and Adolescent mental health settings, and alongside Children & Young people identified with Emotional, Social & Mental Health needs within mainstream and SEN educational settings. I currently provide a specialist Dramatherapy Service within the charity sector working alongside Children, Adolescents and Adults who have been effected by Rape & Sexual Abuse.
In my private clinical practice I work with all ages and with a wide range of social, physical, emotional & psychological needs & difficulties.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work with a wide range of ages and people with social, physical, emotional & psychological difficulties.
Please contact me to discuss your individual needs.
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Session costs will be agreed dependant on the location of the venue most suitable to your needs.
Please contact me for further information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Non-verbal play and interaction|
Types of client