WHAT IS DRAMA THERAPY AND CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY?
Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, and purposeful improvisation, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.
Creative Arts Therapy (or Expressive Therapy) is a broader term that includes a variety of modalities, including Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Poetry Therapy. These disciplines have been applied in psychotherapy and counseling with individuals of all ages for more than 70 years. They have roots in theories of healing that draw on creativity and self-expression.
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S RIGHT FOR ME?
While it might sound scary at first, there is a wide spectrum of types of Creative Arts Therapy. I cater my work to meet the needs, comfort level, and interest of my clients. Our initial session will cover checking in about your history, goals, and comfort level with expressive arts.
Creative Arts Therapy and Drama Therapy can serve people of all ages dealing with stress, sadness, bullying, depression, addiction, trauma, stage of life stresses, and family dynamics.
Your sessions will be unique to your and your goals! Some clients benefit more from talking, others from movement or improvisation, others from more art-based work, and most end up being a combination of interventions.
IS DRAMA THERAPY PRIMARILY FOR KIDS?
Creative Arts Therapy and Drama Therapy can be for kids. It also can be for adults or teens dealing with daily stresses in today’s fast paced and sometimes isolating world.
HOW ABOUT IF I’M NOT AN ARTIST OR ACTOR?
No prior experience in creative fields is needed to benefit from Creative Arts Therapy or Drama Therapy! I believe that each person is creative in some way, and through the process of Creative Arts Therapy, we can uncover the spark that makes you feel inspired, connected, and grounded in your life and work.
I firmly believe that healing can come from creating a space where clients can feel seen and heard, and where a reconstructive relationship can be formed based on mutuality, respect, creativity, and playful exploration.
WHAT ARE YOUR CREDENTIALS?
I am a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) through the North American Drama Therapy Association. I also am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in New York State. I was awarded my M.A in Drama Therapy from New York University, and gained my internship and licensure hours in psychiatric hospitals and addiction treatment facilities in New York State.
Currently, California does not offer a Creative Arts Therapy licensure. I am going through the process of transferring my education credits, training, and clinical hours to California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences. While working in California at this time, I cannot call myself a counselor or therapist, so I technically use the term “coach.” From my perspective, what I offer as a coach in California is no different from my work as a therapist in New York.
WHERE IS YOUR OFFICE?
I currently have an office in Santa Monica, and I will be expanding my practice in 2019 to include another Los Angeles location.
Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles
3205 Ocean Park Blvd #240, Santa Monica, CA 90405
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Phone consultations are always complimentary. I would love to talk with you and see if I am the right person for you to work with!
Contact me for inquiries about pricing and hours. I have a few sliding scale slots open each week. At this time I do not take insurance.
I look forward to talking with you.