They Say:

"I just wanted to thank you for your guidance and wisdom. I am so grateful for the time I spent learning from you and feel very blessed for the opportunities I have now because of what you taught me. Thank you so much Andrea, you are an amazing human being and incredibly talented drama therapist whom I cannot wait to work with again."
Kaitlynn Cornell  - AHRC intern,  Drama Therapy Student, NYU

"Andrea brought the fun, creative, cheerful, yet professional attitude that we look for in our employees. As Assistant Program Director, Andrea has introduced innovative approaches and programs to Hearthstone. Her use of expressive art techniques and experience in psychotherapy and social work has proved effective in the relationships she built with our residents and their family members. She has cultivated the strengths of our residents and uses these strengths in her interactions with our residents daily. Her skills as a drama therapist have helped our residents maintain and maximize their communication skills, level of engagement, and overall quality of life. 
Grace Townley, LMSW - Executive Director at Hearthstone Alzheimer Care

"Your contributions afford a fine integration of psychosocial development and the dramatic arts !  You are brilliant.  Nothing short of brilliant, with a Midas touch."   
Professor Cipriano, MS, LCSW, LPsa - Fordham University, Lincoln Center 

"Andrea's work in drama therapy and psychodrama embodies the highest level of care, creativity and competency. Her experience ranges from clinical to corporate settings. Because of her broad range of skills in business, acting, and languages she has the unique ability to tailor dynamic, engaging and effective, interventions for her clients."  
Dr. Daniel J. Tomasulo - PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP - University Of Pennsylvania, Columbia University 

"I had the pleasure of working with Andrea at our "Positive Psychology & Supervision" training... She is not only an amazing actress, co-facilitator and therapist, she is also very humble and sweet."
Rena Flores - Residential Coordinator, Behavioral Health Network

"Andrea is a diligent researcher on how to use drama therapy with DD clients and on how to integrate the information into social work interventions. Andrea fosters autonomy and, at the same time, she helps the clients to feel that they are members of a goal directed group. Andrea has excellent engagement skills. She is able to engage difficult and resistant clients and form effective working alliances with them. Andrea has a natural tendency to see people's strengths, help the clients to recognize their strengths and to build on them, reframe issues and to see things in a more positive light.  Andrea promoted self-determination and she encouraged clients to pursue their dreams to the extent possible.  Andrea can work autonomously and she is also a good team player.  Her acceptance of each person and of their life stories and personal goals demonstrated Andrea'€™s respect for each person's rights."  
Raymond T. Franzem, PhD - AHRC Director of Social Services for Education

"I interned as Andrea's assistant during the final semester of her own internship, during which she has facilitated a drama therapy group at AHRC for over a year. She possessesremarkable flexibility as a leader and mentor, and I felt strongly that the internship was tailored both to my needs and my strengths, providing education and experience as well as utilizing my existing skills. Her poised demeanor, deft observation, and cogent analysis of both the group's collective evolution and of each individual member's progress and well-being is a testament to Andrea's dynamic talent and her broad and well-blended range of skills."
Maggie Sullivan, MFA -  AHRC intern, MSW Student, Hunter College, NYC

"Several things that you have stressed throughout our sessions were taught in classroom psychology courses but did not come to life until this internship. For example, never leaving something unresolved. I saw first-hand why this is of great importance and what affect it can have on clients. I benefited from the connection you have made between character building and psychological techniques." 
Amareia Moffett, BA- AHRC intern, Marymount Manhattan College student

As a Licensed Master of Social Work  and a Registered Drama Therapist I'm
using drama / theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals.

  I'm mostly influenced by person centered approaches within experiential / relationship oriented theories, Interpersonal Group Theory,  Positive Psychotherapy and Role Theory.

In my groups I combine elements of social work principles, strengths-based positive interventions and creative dramatics.
My specialty is working with groups with cognitive limitations (below avarage IQ with psychiatric diasabilities, and elderly people with dementia).

My passion is to inspire hope and maximize potentials.

I believe in the power of passion, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement.

I believe in the power of performance as a product, as a process, and everything in between.

 What is drama therapy?
"Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world."€
(North American Drama Therapy Association)    

What is psychodrama?
"€œConceived and developed by Jacob L. Moreno, MD, psychodrama employs guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual (psychodrama) or a group (sociodrama). Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well being, enhances learning and develops new skills."
(American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama) 

What is Creative Drama ?
Spontaneous, imaginative role playing. 
Creative drama is an improvisational,
non-exhibitional, process-oriented form of drama, where participants are guided by a facilitator to imagine, enact, and reflect on experiences real and imagined.