Psychodrama is a time tested technique, since 1921, for moving through creative and emotional blocks and increasing self-awareness. As developed by Dr. J.L. Moreno, psychodrama is a therapeutic action method in which participants act out thier personal dramas (past, present, and future), dreams and fantasies.  Get to know and transcend the cast of characters operating inside of you through this action oriented self expression.

Instead of talking about problems and solutions, we take a creative approach using action methods to enact the problem and to enact the solution. Bringing the process to life helps develop emotional balance, insight, and to learn new ways of being. The work is done as an observer and a participant. Psychodrama is a fundamentally wholistic approach to change incorporating individual, interpersonal, and intrapsychic applications.

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Jeffrey Yates - Executive Director

Jeffrey Yates, LCSW, TEP, is a licensed psychotherapist in  private practice in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills  working with individuals, couples and families. He has served as Executive Director of the Psychodrama Institute of Los Angeles, since it was founded in 2001. Jeffrey is certified since 1994 as a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy.

He served as the 2012-2013 president of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, the organization that certifies practitioners and trainers in the North American region. He is a fellow and former Executive Council member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Jeffrey has been a trainer and supervising clinician with the psychodrama section, Saint Elizabeths Hospital (formerly The National Institute of Mental Health), Washington DC (1989-95).  He has worked as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient mental health and addiction programs and has conducted workshops for Sierra Tucson, The Caron Foundation, Visions Adolesent Treatment Centers and the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Jeffrey has been a keynote presenter for many professional conferences and has experience as a corporate and management psychodrama consultant including The United States Justice Department and the United States Postal Service. Jeffrey has been a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He was also the founding artistic director (1990-1995) of DC Playback Theater in Washington DC.

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Psychodrama Institute of Los Angeles

West Hollywood, CA 90048