About Valerie

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Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT creator of The Inner Stage™, uniquely blends her entertainment industry background with her expertise as a creative arts therapist and certified psychodramatist.

Valerie graduated with honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film/Television production and has worked in various aspects of the industry. Valerie worked in production and post-production on feature films and television movies. She also read scripts at Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and was the coordinator at Jim Henson’s world famous Muppet Workshop.

After receiving an MSW at NYU School of Social Work, Valerie began training in psychodrama with noted author and psychodramatist, Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP.  She also has worked in a variety of psychological settings including hospitals, addictions facilities, public schools, and mental health clinics. Valerie provided services to those affected by September 11th through Project Liberty, and she also aided Gulf Coast musicians after Hurricane Katrina through her work at the Jazz Foundation of America.

Valerie has had a private practice in Manhattan for over fifteen years.  Valerie combines her creative arts background with her certification as a psychodrama practitioner and trainer.  She has expertise in healing trauma and addiction, and is personally well versed in recovery terminology.

Valerie sees individual clients who are looking to resolve traumas in order to become more spontaneous and creative in their lives.  She also provides distance counseling via Skype™ sessions.  Valerie also runs intensive weekend counseling sessions for those who want to jump start their healing.

Valerie runs a monthly women’s recovery creative arts/psychodrama group and a bi-monthly creative arts/psychodrama group for men and women.

Valerie also facilitates a weekly psychodrama training group for professionals interested in learning about the methodology of this powerful experiential therapy.

Valerie also created The Inner Stage™ series of experiential workshops for actors and performers. Please contact her for further information.

Her office is conveniently located in Midtown West, a block away from Carnegie Hall, with easy access to the F train stop in front of the building.

She can be reached at 917-725-4262.

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