LMSW, RDT
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My passion is to inspire hope and maximize potentials.




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).



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

They Say:



"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




   
"Andrea is the kind of person you love working with. She is a jack of all trades, dependable, inspiring, and supportive.
 In our work together in the field of Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, she has possessed the personable skills needed to develop meaningful relationships with residents, family, and staff.  Her talent and experience as a drama therapist, actor, and social worker were a huge asset as a program assistant. She is also a great trainer and public speaker.
We worked very constructively together as presenters at the 2016 Expressive Therapies Summit.
Her knowledge and experience compliment her lovely disposition."
Jodie Berman - True Care, Director of Programs and Community Engagement
    
    

   
 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.