Sylvia Israel, TEP, LMFT, RDT/BCT is a certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in Psychodrama, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer. She is Co-Founder of Bay Area Moreno Institute, IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing and Bay Area Playback Theatre. In addition, Sylvia is Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University and has taught at various universities including Sonoma State, Dominican and John F. Kennedy. She is certified as Team Leader in the Therapeutic Spiral Model for working with Trauma Survivors. Sylvia is past-President of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Drama Therapy (NADT) and a Fellow of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).
Sylvia has been in private practice for over 20 years in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples, and families. She has presented at numerous conferences across the county, locally at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and various community organizations, in addition to internationally in Peru and the Ukraine. Her workshops and trainings cover a variety of topics including: The Journey of Living and Dying, Steps to Forgiveness, Abundance Deprivation: The Deep Psychology of Money, Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life, and Mindfulness/Loving-kindness in Action. Sylvia has been a consultant with Trial Lawyers and has worked with children of Holocaust survivors with Healing the Wounds of History with Armand Volkas. Also, she has worked in various settings including psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse facilities, and health care organizations.
From her professional and personal experience, Sylvia has seen that the essence of healing work is accepting ourselves fully, the parts or roles that we like, as well as those that we wish were otherwise. She believes that developing self-compassion opens us up to new ways of being. Sylvia enjoys supporting others in this journey through identifying and accessing strengths, calling on ancestors, and healing childhood wounds. In all of her work, she skillfully and creatively draws from the various expressive arts therapies. Sylvia welcomes all emails and calls relating to psychodrama.
For more information about Sylvia and her work, please visit www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com, www.imaginecenter.net