We are all in this together, YOU are not alone!!

East West Center for Counselling and Training is responding to the current situation of crisis, especially for the vulnerable population in the community. For all the near and dear ones who are above the age of 60  facing anxiety, frustration, loneliness, panic and despair, this is a service offered to help you help yourself get over the present situation caused due to COVID-19.


Celebrating the Sun: Discovering Your Strengths and Resilience Workshop, Chennai 2020

Lets celebrate this harvest exploring your roles.  It helps one to get in contact with your different parts of oneself and inner self , and this knowing is helpful so that you can live with more purpose and joy. Psychodrama is essentially a group action method that helps a person to embrace one’s own capabilities. This could be used in clinical setting (hospitals, therapy centers), non-clinical setting like a business establishment in team building, conflict management, stress management, identifying and working with stress, improving communication, building trust, identifying issues etc. This is a spontaneous and creative method which is used by certified psychodramatists who is otherwise called the Psychodrama director. A director enables or facilitates a re-enactment of real life situations, past incidents / situations or an inner mental process but, acting them out in the present time.

Date: 10th – 12th January 2020

List of places recommended to visit:
– Kapaleshwar temple
– Egmore museum (bronze section)
– Dakshin chitra
– Sunrise at Mahabalipuram
– Statue walk
– Pongal Celebrations
– Classical music & dance performance
– Classical folk performance
Please note that these visits are not included in your training hours, these visits are for you to get a greater understanding of the culture of Chennai.
Location : Chennai.

Timing: 9:30am – 4pm (registration begins at 9am)

Your investment: 

For 3 days it is  Rs 6,000 

Contact 9884700104 / 9884700135


Who should attend?

If you are working as a trainer, therapist, team leader, life coach or mentor, if you like a safe space to process your own “stuff”. This is the workshop for you. Those looking to do group therapy sessions for personal growth.


Daniela Simmons, PhD, T.E.P., is the founder and director of the Expressive Therapies Training Institute (ETTi), offering workshops on action methods in North Texas, other states and internationally. Dr. Simmons teaches experiential tools and didactic; preparing the students pursuing certification to take both the written and on-site exams. She has conducted and published various research on action methods. Daniela Simmons’, professional experience, both in Europe and the US, is in educational, research, and consultancy work in the social sciences, applied gerontology and mental health. She has been utilizing action methods sessions since 1995 in Europe and since 2005 in the US. Daniela Simmons is the President of the American Society in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and executive editor for the American Journal in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

ART FROM THE HEART – 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th November, 2019

Art requires imagination. It requires creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life and your life is expressed in your art.” – Bruce Lee

The creative arts; drama, visual art, dance, storytelling and music involve creative expression as a means for healing the mind, body and spirit. It is a rare opportunity to find an art space for people to come together to imagine, express, create and explore oneself through art and introspect. The participant will be helped to develop a relationship with her/himself through the artistic medium. The focus of these sessions is on the process of creating rather than the outcome. The participants are not required to have any artistic ability, rather, it is through the use of the individual’s senses that the imagination can process, flourish, and support healing. As such, the process is often referred to as “low skill, high sensitivity.” By expressing oneself through the creative arts, one is utilizing both physical and emotional bodies to explore issues, through color, kinesthetic, shape, texture, and form. The Art from heart sessions will have different modalities such as Movement, Art, Drama, Music and Storytelling.

Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein

Anyone who is interested and ready to explore about oneself and their relationship with others through expressive arts, are welcome!


Dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November, 2019
Timings: 11 AM to 1 PM

Indian Institute of Psychodrama
7, Muchachi Mansion (3rd floor),
Kasthuri Estate 3rd street,
Chennai – 600086.
For more details contact: 9884700104 / 9884700135


Do come join us in experiencing on the job internship programs at East West Center, by giving hands on experience in counselling skills, uniquely using different modalities of Expressive Arts Therapy in Schools and Corporate settings. For further details contact us.


  •  Signing a contract with the organisation on confidentiality and code of ethics which has to be followed by the interns.
  • The interns will be asked to submit weekly reports with their learning and experience.(Improving reporting skills)
  • Weekly Schedules for the interns will be given with both school and corporate setting .
  • The internship also includes conducting and initiating workshops at the place of work analyzing the specific needs of the community.(community development- promotion of positive mental health)
  • Topics for discussion and assignments will be given periodically.
  • Case supervision and presentation will happen every Fridays which is mandatory to all interns.( enhancing peer supervision and learning).
  • The interns are requested to be open to all experiences the organisation is likely to provide a good experience in counselling to sharpen their skills.

Counselling Services

Counselling Services within Schools and Colleges

( For children and young adults)


We depute professional and trained counsellors who use Expressive Arts: dance , psychodrama, music, art, storytelling.


  1. For Students-Exam Anxiety-Behavior Management-Relationship issues

    -Improve concentration /focus

    -Anger and aggression management

    -Goal setting

    -Managing death /divorce of parents

    -Increasing social skills

    -Increasing self esteem

  2. For Teachers and Parents
  • Managing Challenging classroom situations
  • Managing threats and bad language
  • Managing bullying
  • Positive disciplining
  • Parenting skills

We run groups and do one on one sessions


Through arts, games and other interesting activities you will learn:

  •  Goal Setting
  •  Critical Thinking
  •  Decision Making
  •  Problem Solving
  •  Communication skills
  •  Creative thinking
  •  Interpersonal skills
  •  Self Esteem
  •  Team Work
  •  Creative Thinking

Why is it important to have an organisation for counselling services over an individual counsellor?

  •  Uninterrupted counselling services.
  •  Continued supervision.
  •  Mediator in case of Crisis between

Students & Parents

Students & Teachers

Parents & Teachers


CONTACT: 044 42080810 / 9884700104 / 9884700135



Expressive Arts Therapy, Surat – Oct 2019

East West Center for Counselling and Training

An experiential workshop on “Expressive Arts Therapy”

Expressive Arts Therapy involves using a combination of the arts for healing,

Expressive Arts Therapy is the practice of using storytelling, singing, instrumental music, movement and dance, drama, and visual arts, all together; in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression and is an inter-modal therapeutic discipline in which the therapist and client may move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, poetry, etc.This workshop focuses on –
-To provide introduction on Expressive Arts Therapy.
-To allow the participants to understand the difference between the regular talk therapies and using such creative methods in therapy (Expressive Arts Therapy).
-All participants will be able to experience and explore the various modalities, visual art, psychodrama, movement etc. The workshop will include presentation, and live examples of using Expressive Arts like collages, art activities, dance movements and psychodrama, also speaks about the inter-relations between the different modalities used.
-The workshop also allows us to understand the flow of choosing and using various modalities during sessions and to plan sessions according to the need of the clients.


Tuesday, 29th October.


WHO SHALL SURVIVE?, 2nd IAGP International Psychodrama Conference – 8th International Psychodrama Congress

Director of East West Center for Counselling and Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Magdalene Jeyarathnam, conducted a workshop in this conference. The conference happened in Iseo, Italy on the 5th of September, 2019. The workshop was on “Using Psychodrama with LGBTQI community in India”. The session had around 23 participants.

Gay teens are often subjected to intense bullying that they are unable to continue their education. violence and discrimination are part of the day to day life of most of the LGBT community. LGBT youth identify bullying as the second most important problem in their lives after non accepting families, compared to non LGBT youth, identifying classes, exams, grades (Human Rights Campaign, 2013). Only 37% of LGBT youth report being happy, while 67% of non-LGBT youth say they are happy. (Human Rights Campaign, 2013). With each instance of verbal or physical harassment, the risk of self-harm among LGBT youth is 2 ½ times more likely (IMPACT, 2010). Studies show that LGBT population are more likely to be treated for anxiety, panic disorder, depression, poor self-esteem, eating disorders or to develop alcohol or drug dependency when compared to the general population (Cochran, Mays, Alegria, Ortega, Takeuchi). These youth are also 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts (CDC, 2011).

The LGBTQI community constitutes around 5% of the general population according to certain studies. Modern or post colonial India is still awakening to the fact that the LGBTQI community very much exists and is struggling to assert their basic and fundamental human rights. This workshop aimsed to share the experiences of using psychodrama with LGBTQI community in Chennai on issues related to violence based on their sexual orientation and gender identity and issues related to coming out to their families and/or friends. The experience of them dealing with shame, guilt, anger, depression and pain that the community go through are made to express and process through psychodrama and sociometric exercises. The workshop also took participants through how psychodrama helped many members to come out to their close ones through sociometric exercises.

“I AM AN ALLY” campaign- 31st August 2019



“I AM AN ALLY” campaign conducted by East West Center for Counselling and training in collaboration with Nirangal for Chennai Counsellor’s Foundation on the 31st of August 2019. Many mental health professionals and guests from the LGBTQ community participated and shared their personal experiences and opinions. There was a screening of a documentary film “Ladies and Gentlewomen ” directed by Malini Jeevarathnam (also a community member) which created a very different view and opinion on the community . Discussions on how and why the role of Mental health professionals are important were clarified and further widening of perspectives on the needs of the community individuals were put forth.

On the whole, the session was very interactive, interesting and an informative one.

Islands in the Stream ….. Building Bridges

2-Day Conference, Saturday & Sunday, 6 & 7 May 2017 in Melbourne, Australia

This two-day conference, led by psychodramatists originating from five countries offers a unique and enjoyable experience for all. Their presentations reflect the creative use of the psychodrama method in a range of settings and cultures. Participants can expect to experience the power and effectiveness of working with groups through action methods.

The healthy development of society is dependent upon our ability to connect with each other. Human bonding is essential for growth. Building bridges assists us in understanding one another and to experience what it is like to be in the shoes of the other. Sociometry and sociodrama are the soundest methods to ensure that groups of people from many streams of life function at their best.

For more information: Contact Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne