Workshops and Retreats

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

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Upcoming Psychodrama Workshops

  • March 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Living My Authentic Life

    What does it mean to live authentically? The root of the word authentic means original, and it is the same root as the word author.  How do we write the unique stories of our own lives?  Being authe...

  • April 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Escaping The Double Bind

    Do you ever feel damned if you do or damned if you don’t?  According to Oxford dictionary, a double bind is defined as a situation in which a person is confronted with two irreconcilable demands or...

  • May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Mother…My First Nurturer

    In time for Mother’s Day, we will discover what gets in the way of forgiving our mothers for past hurts. As a group, we will explore ways to come to terms with feelings of resentment from childhood,...

  • June 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Father…My First Protector

    In the spirit of Father’s Day, this workshop explores our primary relationship with our fathers, and how it sets us up for feelings of safety or insecurity in our lives. We will explore ways to re-p...

  • July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Letting Go of The Inner Critic

    The inner critic comes out in the everyday putdowns—the negative self-talk we use to discourage ourselves. Judgment is the subtlest form of negativity. If you compare yourself to others, you are no...

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Workshops for Actors & Performers

Valerie created a series of experiential workshops designed to help professional actors and performers access their creativity and spontaneity through action methods including psychodrama.  Valerie guides actors to remove any emotional blocks so they then manifest more authentic performances and can approach their roles with range and confidence. Workshops focus on topics such as:

Facing a Challenging Role
Taming the Inner Critic
Stage Fright (and How To Manage It)
Where Am I in My Performing Career?
Breaking Through Emotional Blocks

Valerie is available to consult with casts, directors, and theatre groups. She can help with any blocks to creativity and spontaneity for Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Valerie is also available to teach psychodramatic methods to students and teachers at acting schools and universities around the country. Valerie can be reached at 917-572-8114 for further information.


Existing clients may use Valerie’s sheduler to make and update your therapy appointments.
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