Expressive Therapies

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus or low-residency graduate program

Give others the tools and techniques to explore new roles and relationships.

Develop an understanding of how 
the intentional use of improvisation, storytelling, role-play, performance, and other dramatic action methods can communicate inner experience, strengthen relationships, and promote well-being.

Prepare to qualify to become a licensed mental health counselor by learning from leaders in the fields of drama therapy, psychodrama, and expressive therapies. Pursue careers in a variety of settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community organizations, correctional facilities, and private practice.

As a drama therapy student, you’ll promote spontaneity and creativity in relationships and combine the study and application of dramatic action techniques with a trauma-informed, culturally responsive approach to mental health counseling. Through theory and practice, explore and examine issues of form, aesthetics, and principles central to performance. Learn how to assess clients of all ages and backgrounds and select the most appropriate treatment approach.

Program Structure

2- or 3-Year Program, Full-Time; On-Campus or Low-Residency Formats

60 Credits
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Cambridge, MA

A nexus for higher education and mental health counseling practice and research, each year 250,000 students arrive to Cambridge from around the globe. The intellectual and cultural capital runs deep, and so do your opportunities addressing barriers to wellness. From Lesley’s location, access innovative community, hospital, and school-based mental health programs.

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On-Campus Option

Become part of a community of artists and scholars in Cambridge while pursuing your degree. Gain in-person access to leaders in the field and benefit from Lesley’s professional network in and around Greater Boston and New England. Taking three to four courses per semester, immerse in rigorous study and complete your program within a two to three year sequence.

Best if you:

  • Live near Cambridge or are able to relocate
  • Enjoy the rigor of an intensive program and want to take advantage of internships in Greater Boston
  • Want face-to-face time with faculty and peers and to become integrated into campus life
  • Are not planning to work full-time during your studies
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Low-Residency Option

Participate in one 3-week summer residency per year on Lesley University’s Cambridge campus. Between residencies, continue your studies online with Lesley faculty and through supervised field experiences in your community. Your courses correspond with those of our on-campus program, and will be completed within three years.

Best if you:

  • Live at a distance
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online learning
  • Want to take fewer courses at a time
  • Would like to complete internships/research in your community

Lesley is not currently enrolling low-residency students who reside in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, or North Carolina. 

Licensure Information

Completion of this program provides the pre-licensing educational requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. Before enrolling, please confirm whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you live or plan to practice by contacting the appropriate state licensing agency. You may use our licensure worksheet (PDF) to help conduct your own assessment. We offer students and alumni the assistance of a licensure and credentialing specialist to support the license application process.

$47,922
The average salary for professionals with a degree in mental health counseling in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Massachusetts is the best state in the nation for mental health care according to Mental Health America, with excellent access to care for both youth and adults.
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Careers in mental health counseling are expanding, with projections for an eleven percent increase in job openings in New England over the next ten years. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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The field of mental health counseling is expanding rapidly, making this an exciting time to pursue graduate study. Common job titles for people with master's degrees in drama therapy include:
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Where Graduates Work
Massachusetts and Greater Boston have a large concentration of medical, healthcare, and mental health-related organizations. Graduates find careers in a range of places, including:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy
  • Tuition
    $1,130/credit x 60
    $67,800
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    $2,180
    Materials Fees
    $350
    Registration Fees
    $320
    Activity Fees
    $180
    Practicum Fees
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $1,130/credit x 60
    $67,800
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fees
    $2,180
    Registration Fees
    $360
    Materials Fees
    $350
    Practicum Fees
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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