Sylvia Israel, MFT (MFC #31245), RDT/BCT, TEP, is the founder and director of IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing.
Clinical Training and Experience
I have advanced training in using action methods with trauma survivors.
My work is also greatly influenced by family systems, cognitive therapy,
object relations and Jungian psychology. In addition to theater, I have
experience in dance/movement, art and voice.
I have worked in psychiatric hospitals, schools, community agencies and
in chemical dependency and eating disorders programs.
Growing up, the myth in my family was that people were either born artists
or they weren't...and we weren't. In my late twenties, I moved to a Northern
California coastal town where the prevailing belief was that everyone
is an artist. I began taking art classes and joined a community theater
group. I soon was coming to the Bay Area to study improvisational theater
with Ruth Zaporah.
For years, I looked for a space where I could offer verbal
therapy and also actualize my vision of providing workshops and groups
using dramatic and expressive methods, as well as train others. When I
finally found the space, the workshops and group offerings had a place
to call home. IMAGINE! Center for Creativity
and Healing was born. The possibilities at IMAGINE!
are limitless. I am excited to grow along side of it.
In addition to my work at IMAGINE!,
I have an office in San Francisco. My work blends verbal therapy, psychodrama,
drama therapy and other expressive arts therapies. I specialize in specialize
in grief and loss, blocks to creativity, trauma and childhood abuse recovery.
I am deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to collaborate with those listed below.
Christopher Doyle, MFT (MFC 34717), is a Registered Drama Therapist, actor, director, and playwright and past Board Member of the National Association of Drama Therapy. He is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and has a private practice in Santa Rosa.
Nina Garcia, LCSW, EdD, RDT/BCT, TEP trains psychodramatists nationally and internationally. She is co-author of Sociodrama: Who's Your Shoes?, past Executive Editor of the Journal of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and past Chair of the American Board of Examiners. Nina teaches at New York University.
Judith Glass, PhD, TEP is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY15523), is a Psychodrama Trainer (TEP) in private practice in Oakland and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
MFT (MFC 22623), has 18 years of clinical experience in private practice
working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has trained
in Authentic Movement with Janet Adler, PhD, ADTR, for over 10 years and
teaches Authentic Movement.
Linda A. Haumann, MA, Certified Psychodramatist, attained her Coaching Certification at the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael. Linda uses psychodrama in the 12-step recovery field helping people address issues of codependency, eating disorders, alcoholism and other addictions. Her focus is assisting people gain healthier, happier lives through compassionate change.
Jean Hayes, PhD, MFT, (MFC 5862) has been committed to working in experiential therapy with individuals, couples, families, children and groups for over 30 years. Currently, she is expanding her expertise to work with adopted children and their families.
RDT, ADTR, is a registered drama and dance therapist and performance artist.
She has studied authentic movement with Janet Adler for 10 years and has
been teaching for five. She lives and teaches in Vancouver, Canada.
Judith Jones, MFT, RDT, has been doing drama therapy with individuals and couples in her private practice in Berkeley, CA since l990. She provides training and supervision in this work for students, interns and allied professionals.
Warren R. McCommons,
MA, RDT-BCT, has worked as a Drama Therapist in private practice and at
Alta Bates Hospital for 15 years. He is a past Executive Board Member
of National Association of Drama Therapy and past President of the Northern
John Olesen, MA, a Certified Psychodramatist, has 15 years experience leading therapy and support groups in hospitals, clinics and private practice. He is a graduate of the Psychodrama Program of the US Comm. on Mental Health Services and author of Groups: A Manual for Chemical Dependency and Psychiatric Treatment.
Fritzi S. Schnel, CMT, CHT, received a BA in Theatre Arts in 1969 and has been teaching classes and workshops since 1991 using improvisation, voice and humor as tools for self-expression and healing. She has over 20 years experience as a bodywork therapist and is dedicated to sharing the divine experience of laughter and creative freedom.
Jo Sopko, MFT
(MFC38054), a Registered Drama Therapist, has been involved in Buddhist
meditation practices for over 25 years. She specializes in working with
children and families dealing with issues of sexual abuse, abandonment,
violence and loss.
Francesca Toscani, M.Ed, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Practitioner and Trainer of Psychodrama. A clinician for 15 years, she conducts training internationally on the use of experiential methods in a variety of settings. Francesca weaves an archetypal Jungian orientation and creative arts in all of her work.
LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. He helps individuals, groups
and couples use cognitive-behavioral therapy skills, with an emphasis
on understanding and coping with anxiety and depression. He has worked
with art, dance, and drama therapists to blend cognitive-behavioral and
creative arts approaches.