The techniques, including role reversal, doubling of characters by the therapist, playback theater, freezes, Brechtian devices for emotionally "under-distanced" clients and Living Arts immediacy for "over-distanced" ones, can be elaborate. A drama therapy session or more intense psychodrama may run 2 ½ hours or more.
"It may look and sound a lot like drama school, but the aims are
strikingly different. 'Many people think we are working in metaphor',
says Israel. 'I believe this use of the arts is abut concretizing and
externalizing experience and making you see that you and what happens
to you are not the same thing."
"Sylvia is a very sensitive, creative, powerful facilitator. More
growth and insight than I expected to experience. Excellent!"
"You create a very safe environment for those of us more guarded."
"What was most meaningful to me was experiencing the transformation
of myself through the transformation of the sandtray."
"Your gentle calm and formidable expertise was greatly appreciated."
"Knowledgeable and charismatic teacher! Sylvia was prepared and
always maintained a well-structured plan that was beneficial. Students
were able to learn from her activities. This class was so fulfilling due
to the professor's knowledge and to the respect she gave to each student.
She created a safe environment that allowed students to open fully. I
walk away from this class feeling in touch with myself, knowing I can
conquer any battle or struggle I have. Israel has such a caring quality
about her. Great lady, great teacher, should win awards!"
"The freedom to be myself is what brings me back and makes me recommend
this work to others."
"A comfortable and supportive place to share, take some risks, challenge
ourselves and play."
"You've re-kindled my spirit! A safe space conducive to self-expression."
"The work is so important, it reaches right into the heart chakra."
"An enriching, lovely and gentle day in a safe and sacred space."
"In witnessing Sylvia direct, I noticed clarity, strength and skill
and excellent timing of her interventions. I saw her facilitating by actively
being part of the scene, but also outside the circle, and always in the
clear role of director. Thanks for opening up new horizons."
"You make a healing space that lends itself to self-compassion."
"My aristic self, long dormant, reawakened through the drama therapy
work. I continue to make a place for this part of me."
"Quite simply, this was the best workshop experience of my life.
Sylvia is a gifted facilitator."
"Soulful work that opened my heart."
"A great group for depth, heart and profound internal changes. Thank
"Meaningful and fun! I was introduced to a part of myself I didn't
even know was there."
"The work you do is a gift to the soul. For creative people like
me, it's hard to find a home that speaks the language of heart."
"The safe space you created allowed me to relax, focus and experience
"By taking on different roles of others in my life, I felt as if
a higher self were working though me, giving me information about how
to continue my life."
"Thank you for all the fantastic work you do with our clients. It
is so clear that you put a lot of thought and effort into your work. The
counselors and the clients get so much from you, and that is no small
feat for women with eating disorders. You enrich all of our lives."
"Sylvia brings as incredible rich and mature experiential base to
her instruction. Her attention to the process is phenomenal. For this
type of course-five stars! I am an MFT with 15 years clinical experience
and this class significantly enriched me."
"Thank you for an excellent class and experience. I appreciated
your sensitivity, professionalism and experience. I think you did a great
job 'holding' the class."