Friday, September 25, 2015




 Mrs. Magdalene Jeyarathnam , Director of East West Counselling Center And Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Was warmly welcomed by the Chennai counsellors foundation, where she gave a brief talk on the Introduction of Psychodrama to the members of the foundation, on 19th September, 2015, 
She organized few group activities to demonstrate the use of psychodrama in therapy and in general aspects of life. She also demonstrated few psychodrama techniques that could be used in a therapy setting, like Mirroring, Doubling Etc., with the help of the eager participants. Students from various city colleges also participated and got an idea on how expressive arts and psychodrama can be used for helping people. 

A few clicks from the meeting is posted.   

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Reading - Chennai and Bangalore September 2015

                                      Book Reading


Indian Institute of Psychodrama presents

A Book Talk --

Everyone is invited!  Free Admission!

Ms Saphira Linden, MA, LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist) of Boston, USA, would be visiting Chennai, and she would be giving a Talk relating to her recently-published book,

"The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theatre Arts: Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, and Transformational Theatre", Introduced and Edited by Saphira Linden.


Day: Friday 25 September 2015.

Time: 5 P.M.

Venue: Three Elephant Bookstore,
Apex Plaza, Basement (where Landmark Bookstore used to be),
No 3, Nungambakkam High Road,
Chennai - 34 


Day: Monday 28 September 2015.

Time: 5 P.M

Venue: Sapna Book House,
No.32, Brigade Road Junction, Residency Road, 
Bangalore - 560025,
Next To Hyundai Showroom, Opposite To The Gateway Hotel

This Book Talk might be especially interesting to people  involved in Theatre, Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Human Resource work, Training, and Teaching.

Through the book, Ms Saphira shares her life's work of applying the Transpersonal Psychology approach to  Transformational Theatre, Psychodrama, and Drama Therapy. 

Transpersonal Psychology and Transformational Theatre enable individuals to integrate with the divine.

The book discusses ways of using Theatre Arts to help heal and uplift individuals, couples, families, and 

The book contains articles by many of Ms Saphira's students and colleagues.

Ms Saphira speaks about her work at

You are invited to come and meet this Sufi Practitioner, Drama Therapist, and Psychodrama Director.

For Additional Info:
(Chennai) 98847 00135


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Diploma in Expressive Arts therapy 2015 to 2016


Invites Applications Batch 5 - 2015 to 2016 @ Chennai 

 Women's Christian College, Chennai and East West Center for Counselling and Training announces

Batch Five - “Diploma Course in Expressive Arts Therapy”

Training Calendar 2015 to 2016

Module One Nov 30 to December 11, 2015
Module Two Feb 15 to 26, 2016
Module Three April 4 to 15, 2016 

Components we cover in this course are 

Therapeutic uses of Storytelling
Dance Movement Therapy
Visual Art
Expressive Arts Therapy
Counselling and Ethics

The diploma will be issued only on completion of:

1.             100% Attendance
2.             Trainer's evaluation
3.             Assignments
4.             Final Project
5.             Written Exam (one)
6.             40 hours of personal (individual) therapy sessions
7.             Six Supervision sessions over Skype compulsory from June 2016 to
        November 2016

*****This Expressive Arts Therapy Diploma Program is the only academic based program offered in India****

In addition to the Diploma, students will also receive certificates from the World Storytelling Institute, Dance Movement Psychotherapy Institute and Psychodrama Institute upon completion of this program.

Training Venue - Women's Christian College, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Class timing - 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

Who should attend this training?

This is an intensive program for those in the helping profession - (open to men and women) Therapists, HR (psychology), Social Workers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Special educators, NGO workers and those who are working with children will benefit from this course.

How is this training delivered?

The training is divided into 3 modules lasting 10 days each and takes place entirely in Chennai. At the completion of each module participants will have to complete projects and assignments of 15 hours. Each participant apart from the class hours will complete 200 hours of project work/ assignments.

Course Fee - Rs 75,000/=
Application Fee -
Rs 200/=

For further details:

Application forms are available,  at the East West Center for Counselling's office. Please email us at or contact us at 9884700104.

Contact Course Coordinator - 9884700135

Center for Counselling - (044) 42080810/+ 91 9884700135

WCC - (044) - 28275926/28231676/ - ext 323 (Psychology department)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Expressive Arts Therapy - Batch 4 - March 2015 (Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy)

East West Center for Counselling and Training, along with Women's Christian College 
is proud to present the annual Expressive Arts Therapy 1-year Diploma Program

The Expressive Arts Therapy program has completed its third and final module in April 2015 (6th to 17th), which encompassed the Dance Movement Therapy and Art Therapy components. 
Dance Movement Therapy was conducted by Preetha Ramasubramanian (Chennai, India) and Art Therapy was conducted by Susan Ainlay Anand (Mississippi, U.S.A.). 


From top to bottom: 
Pic 1 (left) - Mural Painting 
Pic 2 (center) - Art Therapy - Students working on the Mural Painting
Pic 3 (right) - Completed Mural Painting
Pic 4 (center) - Clay-work done by the students
Pic 5 (left) - Puppets by made the students

Dance Movement Therapy Workshop by Katia Verrault

An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy Workshop
by Katia Verrault 

East West Center for Counselling & Training concluded a half-day workshop for our employees on the introduction to Dance Movement Therapy. 

We'd like to thank Katia Verrault, a Dance Movement Therapist from Netherlands for conducting this workshop for us. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

2-Day Workshop on the Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy - Bangalore on March 14th and 15th

East West Center for Counselling & Training

has concluded a 2-Day Introduction to Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop in Bangalore, at Sparsh Foundation, Cox Town on March 14th and 15th. 

The 2-Day experiential workshop explored the combinations of Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Storytelling and Dance Movement Therapy.

Expressive arts therapy is a gentle, non-judgmental approach enabling the client to become aware of what is happening in his/her unconscious.

About the Trainer:

Dr. Karen Estrella is the Expressive Arts Therapy Program Coordinator in the Expressive Therapies Division at Lesley University, Boston, U.S.A. As a Music Therapist and Art Therapist, Dr. Estrella’s work has focused on developing an integrated arts approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and she has spent much of the past 15 years focused on developing competencies and integrating theory in Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition, Dr. Estrella is pursuing licensure as a Clinical Psychologist and practicing community based mental health counselling.