Living Arts Counseling Center

Innovative Psychotherapy Services through Drama and Expressive Arts

Are you…

  • Working through grief, trauma, depression or anxiety?
  • In a life transition and needing guidance?
  • Scared to make a change in your life and want support?
Contact us for a free phone consultation.

Our intake line is available 24 hours a day

Our Services

We offer high quality individual, couples and group psychotherapy services provided by Licensed and Pre-Licensed therapist on a sliding scale.

All of our practitioners use talk therapy, and if desired and useful, may incorporate the healing power of expressive arts and/or drama therapy.

The skillful use of drama and the expressive arts in individual, couples, and group therapy is an effective, empowering method for problem-solving. While playful and often fun, it sparks insight — promoting ease, growth and well-being.

We are committed to making the benefits of drama and expressive arts therapies available to the community by offering quality professional services, in accordance with the highest ethical standards, to individuals, couples, children, and families of all backgrounds.

Armand Volkas

Workshops & Trainings

Transform Your Life with
Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance

Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance (ATP) is an innovative short-term therapy approach that supports participants in identifying and transforming self-defeating “life scripts” through drama therapy processes. Life scripts are unconscious patterns that organize and shape personal narratives and identities in both positive and negative ways. Through the creation of your Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance (ATP) you will begin to embody new life-affirming narratives. The journey will culminate in a “rite of passage” performance presented to a group of your invited witnesses.

Our Therapists

Our therapists, interns and trainees provide cost-effective drama and expressive arts therapy to teens, adults, couples and families. All are well-qualified and our interns and trainees are supervised by a licensed therapist.

Our Mission 

The Living Arts Counseling Center is a specialized, nonprofit provider of community counseling services, promoting psychological and social wellness through the therapeutic use of drama and related expressive arts. We are founded on the belief that the arts are alive, and that living is an art; that the incorporation of drama and the expressive arts in therapy is an effective and empowering method for problem-solving, promoting growth and well-being within individuals, families, and groups; and that the arts can build bridges between cultures and different segments of society.

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    We Have Experience With…

    Individual, Couples, and Group Therapy

    All of our practitioners use talk therapy, and if desired and useful, may incorporate the healing power of expressive arts and/or drama therapy.

    The skillful use of drama and the expressive arts in individual, couples, and group therapy is an effective, empowering method for problem-solving. While playful and often fun, it sparks insight — promoting ease, growth and well-being.

    Drama Therapy

    Drama therapy is the skilled and deliberate use of drama and theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals.  Drama therapy is active and experiential; it provides participants with a safe yet stimulating context in which to explore personal and family stories, set goals, uncover and express feelings, resolve problematic patterns, and, as appropriate, achieve cathartic release. Because drama therapy is both active and reflective, it helps people to integrate emotional, cognitive, and physical levels of experience. Drama therapy is adaptable, and takes many forms, depending on individual and group needs. As appropriate, it may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, facilitated enactments of real situations, and ritual. Drama therapy has proven effective with numerous populations in a variety of treatment settings.

    Expressive Arts Therapy

    The creative process itself can be healing. Central to expressive arts therapy is the belief that the process of making art — in any media — is as important as the content it expresses. Awakening to the innate creativity within themselves, clients bring the wisdom of a deeper self into the light of day. They reignite the creative spirit, see their lives in new ways, and tap powerful new resources for confronting life’s challenges. Even when one is dealing with painful or frightening issues, the experience of expressing oneself through a creative process can provide fresh perspectives and a sense of hope and empowerment. Expressive arts therapy may include, according to clients’ needs and preferences, drawing, painting, writing, movement, drama, music, and sandtray work.

    Child & Adolescents Therapy

    Children and adolescents often struggle with a range of issues that can be helped with drama and expressive arts therapy.  These play and art-based approaches meet kids (and their families) at their level in both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.  In therapy, children typically learn new coping skills, a broader way to express their feelings and gain improved self-esteem and self-worth. 

    A qualified therapist can help your child with any of the following challenges:

    • sadness or depression
    • anger or irritability
    • persistent anxiety or fear
    • trouble focusing attention (ADHD)
    • grief or loss over a friend or family member
    • feelings of hopelessness
    • impulsive, high-risk behaviors
    • traumatic events, including physical assault or sexual abuse
    • talking of suicidal thoughts or feelings
    • social difficulties or problems with peers

    According to the National Association of Drama Therapy, “play allows children to gain mastery over conflicts and anxieties.”  and drama therapy is particularly useful “for those who have a hard time trusting or connecting with adults or who might otherwise struggle in therapy.”

    Several of our interns and trainees work specifically with children and adolescents and can support you and your family through these challenges with drama and/or expressive arts therapy.  

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    Get In Touch

    Call Clinical Intake Line

    510-595-5500 ext. 10

    Email

    info@livingartscenter.org

    Address

    1265 65th St. Emeryville, CA 94608
    (between Hollis & San Pablo)

    Hours

    Mon – Fri: 10am – 9pm
    Weekends: 10am – 3m