We offer innovative Drama and Expressive Arts Therapy workshops, groups & trainings for both personal and professional growth. Our counseling center offers high-quality individual, couples and group psychotherapy services provided by Licensed and Pre-Licensed therapists. All of our practitioners use talk therapy, and if desired and useful, may incorporate the healing power of expressive arts and/or drama therapy.
The skillful use of drama and the expressive arts in individual, couples, and group therapy is an effective, empowering method for problem-solving. While playful and often fun, it sparks insight — promoting ease, growth and well-being.
In this short video, Clinical Director, Armand Volkas speaks about his work with generational trauma and his work in China.
Drama therapy is the skilled and deliberate use of drama and theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy is active and experiential; it provides participants with a safe yet stimulating context in which to explore personal and family stories, set goals, uncover and express feelings, resolve problematic patterns, and, as appropriate, achieve cathartic release. Because drama therapy is both active and reflective, it helps people to integrate emotional, cognitive, and physical levels of experience. Drama therapy is adaptable, and takes many forms, depending on individual and group needs. As appropriate, it may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, facilitated enactments of real situations, and ritual. Drama therapy has proven effective with numerous populations in a variety of treatment settings.
Expressive Arts Therapy
The creative process itself can be healing. Central to expressive arts therapy is the belief that the process of making art — in any media — is as important as the content it expresses. Awakening to the innate creativity within themselves, clients bring the wisdom of a deeper self into the light of day. They reignite the creative spirit, see their lives in new ways, and tap powerful new resources for confronting life’s challenges. Even when one is dealing with painful or frightening issues, the experience of expressing oneself through a creative process can provide fresh perspectives and a sense of hope and empowerment. Expressive arts therapy may include, according to clients’ needs and preferences, drawing, painting, writing, movement, drama, music, and sandtray work.
Call our intake line at (510) 595-5500 ext:10 to get started today.