Taaj Jaharah, MA, MS, RMT, ATC
Valerie is passionate about her work, and is driven by a creative force which makes her endeavors focused, and result oriented, while concentrating on an enlightening and joyful process. Anyone will be able to access even more of their truth, and will benefit by Valerie’s skill which includes a great ability to bring out and uncover long hidden confidence in one’s authentic self. Invaluable work.
Tian Dayton MA, PhD, TEP, Author
I have known Valerie Simon for over 12 years and have trained her in the methods of psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. Valerie is an excellent psychodramatist and therapist and a credit to the field. She is comfortable combining psychodynamic theory with experiential work which allows her to fully meet clients where they are. I highly recommend Valerie both professionally and personally, she is a lovely person.
Valerie, I have grown more in the time I have been working with you than with all my time with other therapists. Thank you for constantly and tirelessly directing me to confront myself. I’m grateful to have found you and to be doing my work with such a dedicated, thorough, and kind person.
Caroline Rothstein, Writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate
I experienced an incredible catharsis during Valerie Simon’s Inner Stage™ workshop. Her expertise in psychodrama, and safely facilitated discussions, allowed me to feel deeply connected to other participants’ stories and feelings. I have used multiple styles of therapy in my healing journey, and Valerie’s workshop offered me clarity I have not otherwise been able to find. Thank you!
So, Valerie, you will always be an angel to me. At the place where the light first cracked open, you appeared. Your talent, and truth, hypnotized me. You took the time to guide me. You took the time to write and encourage me. I am not sure I would have taken that risk without your thoughtfulness. Psychodrama brings true, deep healing. Thank you from the bottom of my new, thriving, healing heart.
Michael Maino, Actor
I’ve had the good fortune of attending Valerie Simon’s Inner Stage™ workshops. As a performer, I found them to be enormously valuable. Not only did they empower and liberate me artistically, but personally as well. She understands actors and their challenges as well as the human condition, and she throws herself into providing a safe, powerful, and transcending experience that really works! New channels of expression and imagination were opened that resulted in direct contact with a no-fooling self-awareness and honesty in my craft. I would recommend The Inner Stage™ to any performer looking for an authentic path into the unconscious. The unconscious is a treasure chest of dramatic and comedic power and Valerie Simon’s workshops are the key to its lock. Thank you, Valerie!
Russo Lewis, Actor
I’m certain from my own experience that our brains are designed to store traumatic memories away from consciousness. If we are lucky enough to regain access, perhaps through psychodrama or other therapeutic art forms, we can build a rational place for it, access it safely without the danger of damage to higher brain functioning. My performance art has always served, albeit unconscious early on, to educate me accordingly. I must thank you, Valerie Simon, for your workshops, because I believe your approach is on target, invaluable on many levels…not just for actors but all seekers, in the lights or in the wings, of their Inner Stage.
Working with Valerie continues to be a life transforming experience. Using psychodrama in individual and group sessions, Valerie helped me access parts of myself that I did not know existed. She held my hand through this messy journey of emotional healing with patience and perseverance. Valerie’s cozy office became the laboratory where I learned what safe boundaries and mature relationships look like, where I grew up and became a responsible woman of grace and dignity. I learned to laugh and play. If you want to let go, move on and grow while you’re at it, I highly recommend Valerie. Bon voyage.
Performing has always been a lifelong passion of mine. However, putting it into practice was challenging, and I could never have learned to move beyond a stubborn lack of confidence, illogical fear, and a myriad of hangups had it not been for the work I’ve done with Valerie. She’s helped me acquire a set of tools I could use to overcome the incessant inner critic who lives in my head. Valerie does this in an environment that is safe, respectful, compassionate and warm. I highly recommend her, you will not be disappointed!
Adam Auslander, Actor
Psychodrama had been a method of work that I avoided over the years. However, I felt completely safe with Valerie Simon and her well thought out Inner Stage™ workshop. A safe space with strangers is created without pressure to explore, and even when I was not working, I was cathartically involved. I would recommend this workshop to anyone, especially those willing to search and release in a safe environment.
Kimberly Hall, PhD
Valerie is a talented clinician and experiential therapist. She’s acutely attuned to and perceptive about the subtleties of human emotion and behavior. I’ve consulted with her on numerous cases over the years and am always impressed by her keen insight and helpful feedback.
Dan Sieling, Circling & Emotional Healing Facilitator
That moment when you literally feel the trauma leaving your body. I highly recommend Valerie Simon’s facilitation of Psychodrama to any and all of my personal / spiritual growth friends. Thank you, Valerie!