Monday, July 27, 2020


East West Center for Counselling and Training began group supervision sessions in the month of July for professionals practicing counselling and therapy with individual, couples or groups. These sessions are for 3 hours from 3 PM to 6 PM on every Thursday. 

Magdalene Jeyarathnam  director of East West Center for Counselling and Training and Indian Institute of Psychodrama supervises the group sessions.  She was certified in 2002 by Central School of Counselling Training (CSCT) London, UK and in January 2019 she was certified in the Rise up model which is an approved course by Australian Counselling Association ( ACA). She has been supervising expressive arts therapists and therapists working with individuals couples and groups. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Exploring relationships and emotions through arts - June 27th, 2020 | Pride month

East West Center for Counselling and Training, along with Orinam organized a session for the LGBTQI+ community. The topic was on "Exploring relationships and emotions through arts" and it was for 2 hours on 27th June, 2020. It was a part of the Tamil Nadu Rainbow Coalition Pride events 2020. The session had around 15 participants and went really well as all of them got a chance to express their feelings. We wish the community a Happy Pride!

We have ongoing online group therapy sessions for the LGBTQI+ community every Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. Contact us to register.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Discovering You | Instagam live - June 22nd, 2020

Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training, and Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam did a live session on Instagram with Idk_series on 22nd June, 2020. Idk_series is the Instagram handle of I Don't Know Series, a TV show, that telecasts in-depth conversations and this was their 50th episode. The topic was "Discovering You" and the discussion was on mental health, arts, using arts for healing and the different courses offered. The questions asked by the viewers were also addressed. Please find the YouTube link of the session:

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Online Arts Therapy session - June 22nd, 2020

Every Monday we have a group of individuals from various parts of the world participate in our virtual Group therapy, discovering aspects of themselves and safe spaces in this current situation of vulnerability caused by COVID-19. The sessions have been happening from the first week of April 2020 and has been continuing. It happens for 2 hours from 11 AM to 1 PM Indian Standard Time.
Here is one such session conducted by one of our very own student Ms. Lata Sundaram. She is a student of our Joint PG Diploma Course in Psychodrama with TISS and of our certificate course on Expressive Arts Therapy. This video is an excerpt from the session recorded and posted after the approval of the participants.

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Beating the webinar stress - June 19th, 2020

Our Director Magdalene Jeyarathnam facilitated a session on "Beating the Webinar Stress" hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, with about 9100 members from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 288 national and regional sectoral industry bodies. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

The session happened on June 19th, 2020 for an hour and had around 50 participants. There were many discussions on the management of stress as the participants contributed to it by sharing their experience on facing the webinar stress during COVID-19. The session was highly appreciated by everyone.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Online session on COVID-19 - June, 2020 | Pride month

East West Center for Counselling and Training along with Queer Wings and Nirangal organized an online discussion about COVID 19 for the LGBTQI+ community, commemorating the Pride month. The session in Tamil happened on June 4th, 2020 and the session in English happened on June 14th, 2020. 

The session had a Therapist, Magdalene Jeyarathnam and a Medical professional, 
Dr. P Kuganantham. Dr. P Kuganantham is the Director of SIMS hospital, Nungambakkam and has been on interviews and discussions in news channels such as NDTV and Pudhiya Thalaimurai for the current pandemic. He is also a part of the team for advising medical policies to the Tamil Nadu government. He has worked as a Health Inspector of Chennai and has served as Director of Infectious Diseases hospital, Chennai. He is an Epidemiologist, has worked extensively with HIV AIDS, and has a WHO Fellowship - Epidemiology, Infectious diseases and AIDS from John Hopkins University, USA. 

Both the sessions had a lot of participants who asked doubts on the virus outbreak and steps to be taken for prevention, and who benefitted from the sessions. 

Love in the time of Corona - An Expressive Arts Online Workshop

Love in the Time of Corona Workshop 

Facilitated by Magdalene Jeyarathnam (India) and Marcia Honig (Israel / Brazil).
At These days, of isolation and imperative distance between individuals, families and social groups, we face a lack of contact and closeness, support and even love. The purpose of the workshop was to enable IAGP members to express their feelings and connect to each other, at those hard moments around the world, due the Covid19. It was a 2 hours session that happened on 4 sundays in April and May. Each of the sessions saw participants from different parts of the world.