About The Inner Stage

Created by Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP, CET III, The Inner Stage is an innovative group practice and experiential therapy training facility in NYC that incorporates cutting-edge creative arts therapies. The Inner Stage practitioners utilize experiential modalities such as psychodrama and Internal Family Systems therapy, along with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, customized for the diverse needs of individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds and identities.

Valerie Simon

Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP, CET III, creator of The Inner Stage™, uniquely blends her entertainment industry background with her expertise as a certified Experiential Therapist, a Trainer, Educator & Practitioner of psychodrama, and a practitioner of Internal Family Systems therapy.

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 extensive training in psychodrama and has received the highest certification as a Trainer, Educator & Practitioner. Additionally, Valerie has training in Internal Family Systems therapy with the creator of the method, Richard Schwartz, PhD and is a Level I Practitioner. Recognizing the importance of culturally competent psychotherapy practices, she and her staff have completed Anti-Racism Training through the Diversity and Resiliency Institute, Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Compliance Training, and LGBTQIA2+ Ally Training through The Meadows. Valerie uses she/her pronouns.

Valerie has worked in a variety of psychological settings including hospitals, addictions facilities, public schools, and mental health clinics. She 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. For almost a decade, Valerie has been a group leader at Onsite Workshops in TN.

Valerie has been in private practice for twenty years. Her practice suite is conveniently located in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan, with easy access to most MTA subway lines. Click here for directions.

Schedule an appointment with Valerie at (917) 572-8114.

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Valerie’s Approach

Valerie has had a private practice in Manhattan for two decades. Valerie combines her creative arts background with her certifications as a Trainer, Educator & Practitioner in psychodrama, a Certified Experiential Therapist, and a Level I IFS practitioner. She has expertise in healing trauma and its relationship to 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.  Valerie runs longer format, intensive counseling sessions for those who want to jump start their healing. She is also available for counseling sessions via Zoom.  

Valerie runs a weekly psychodrama group for people of all gender identities, as well as a monthly, female/female-identified psychodrama group. Valerie leads psychodrama retreats and intensives.

In addition, Valerie facilitates a monthly psychodrama training group for professionals interested in learning about the methodology of this powerful experiential therapy. She runs weekend intensive trainings for professionals and supervises for the LCSW licensure and the CP and TEP certifications in psychodrama. She also grants training hours through ISEP for experiential therapists as a CET III.

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


Existing clients may use Valerie’s scheduler to make and update your therapy appointments.
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COVID UPDATE 1/22 - Due to the rise of cases in NYC, we currently are available for virtual sessions. Stay well.
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