Monday, October 2, 2017

Psychodrama Workshop on Inner Healing and Catharsis

Outcomes of the Workshop:
  1. Increased self awareness
  2. Embracing / accepting oneself
  3. Changes perception of others in relation to self
  4. Improves personal relationships
  5. Brings clarity in professional relationships
Venue & Dates for the Workshop:
Delhi: 11th & 12th October
Mumbai: 21st & 22nd October
Madurai: 11th & 12th November
Time: 9.30 am to 4 pm
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
98847 00135 / 98847 00104

For Registration Click Here

What is psychodrama?
This is essentially a group action method. 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 psychodramtists 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.
Who should train?
If you are working in a HR team, as a corporate trainer, team leaders, life coaches or mentors. This training will give you additional tools to understand your team members better. This training will enable you to build the teams you are working with.
Magdalene Jeyarathnam, has worked for 20 plus years as a Counsellor, Expressive Arts therapist and is a board certified Psychodramatist. She has worked as consultant to several governments as WHO and UNICEF consultant. She is a member of the International association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process, she is also a member of Moreno Psychodrama Society, which is affiliated to the Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) Board of Psychodrama (ABP). She is the co-founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India. She is a faculty in Indian Institute of Psychodrama which she founded in 2013 after working in bringing world class psychodrama trainers to India since 2009. She is also the Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training which is an Expressive Arts Therapy Center based in Chennai, India.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Art from the heart on 16 September 2017

The Third session of Art from the Heart on 16th September had 11 participants.

                                Today's Directive: Create An artwork with materials from Nature.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Art from the Heart on 9th September 2017

The second session of Art from the Heart on 9th Sep had 12 participants. They made paintings and artworks on the directive: "Create your own Mandala drawing or painting"

Art from the Heart on 2nd Sep 2017

An enthusiastic small group of participants created artworks on the topic " Draw an object or symbol that represents yourself".

Introductory Workshop on Storytelling Therapy

For more information please click
To Register Contact : 9884700104 / 9884700135

Storytelling Therapy Course and Workshop

Storytelling Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies (also known as, the Expressive Therapies), along with Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Visual Art Therapy, etc.
Storytelling Therapy involves working with stories that relate to clients’ experiences.  Participants  would learn about, and would receive training in,  Storytelling Therapy methods. These methods  can be used for Psychological Counselling, as  well as for Coaching, Personality Development Facilitating, Life Skills Training, and Healing.
 Certificates of Participation would be given by the East West Center for Counselling and Training. 
Info about the 13-session Course (via Videoconference) is at
Info about the 7-session Workshop (at Harrington Road) is at

Art from the Heart – Art Session on Saturdays

An art space for children, young people and families to imagine, express and create art. It is rare in Chennai to find a space for people to come together and create art. We are happy to provide you with this exciting opportunity for people to come and engage in the creative process.
Time : 11 am to 12 pm
Venue: 14, 2nd Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai 600031
Admission Fee : Rs.100 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Carnival at Harrington Road on 27th August 2017

East West Center for Counselling took part in the Carnival by the Harrington Road Association at MCC School on 27th August 2017. The art activity conducted by the counsellors for the children was appreciated well by the young artists.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Counselling SkillsTtraining Workshop from 25th to 27th September 2017 at Harrington Road

Counselling Skills Training Workshop

Dates: 25th - 27th September 2017 (Monday to Wednesday)

Time: 9am - 4pm

Venue: East West Center for Counselling and Training,
             No: 14, 2nd Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai

Who can attend this training?

Our objective is to train individuals and organisations who are already implementing counselling services.

This training will be helpful as a refresher workshop for those who have been trained before. Anyone who has the aptitude and training in counselling. 

The counselling skills workshop is to give people a practical exposure to counselling. Many people have a degree/ diploma or have an academic training in counselling, but do not know the practical application. 

At the end of the training participants will receive a certificate and feel more confident because of the hands on experience in practice.

How do we train?

We use participatory learning techniques - Role plays, exercises, case discussions, Group discussion, video presentations and discussions.  

12 participants only. 

Fees: Early Birds - Rs. 6000 including GST

After September 1st - Rs. 6500 including GST

 So come join us at Harrington Road, Chennai

Call Us to Register: 98847 00135 / 98847 00104; 

Session for Chennai Counsellors Foundation on 20th August 2017

Our Director lead a session on "Human sexuality through childhood and adolescence" on 20 August 2017. 

The session was well received by 20 participants who were training on counsellor training programme run by Chennai counsellors Foundation.

Here are some pictures of the same.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


A one day workshop on "Peer Counselling Training", was facilitated  by Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam on 16th August at our office in Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai. The workshop was attended by 14 members, some of whom were a part of organisations such as Nirangal, Aram Seivom, Sahodaran, Chennai Adaikalam Trust and Thozhi.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (DEAT) 2017 - 2018

From WCC and East West Center for Counselling and Training
Admissions open for Expressive Arts therapy Course Batch 7 – 2017 to 2018: Course Requirement is as follows:
  • The course is taught in English, students applying have to understand, read and speak English fairly well, if not the student needs to let us know how she/ he plans to write assignments etc.
  • 100% Class attendance
  • All students agree to do 40 hours of personal therapy with a therapist of their own choice.
  • Completions of all assignments, and project work. All this is graded and the grade will appear on your certificate.
  • Students get supervision either by skype / direct meetings with an assigned supervisor
  • Students write and pass an ethics examination which is a written exam
4th to 15th December 2017
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
No class on the weekend 
5th to 16th February 2018
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM 
No class on the weekend 
2nd to 13th April 2018
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
No class on the weekend 
2nd to 13th July 2018
9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
No class on the weekend

At the end of the course:
  • Students will receive a Joint diploma certificate from East West Center for Counselling and Training and Women’s Christian College
  • A certificate from The World Storytelling Institute
  • A certificate from Indian Institute of Psychodrama

How do you apply?
  • Please check if you are eligible to apply. (Scroll down for eligibility criteria) If in doubt please feel free to call 9884700104/ 9884700135

Please request application form on our
Email id:
Fill in your application form and attach relevant documentation and post it with a cheque in favor of “East West Center for Counselling and Trg Pvt Ltd” for Rs 500.
  • You will hear from us within a week. If you are admitted into the programme you will have to pay the first instalment of fees immediately to book your seat. Total number of seats is 20. We have students from different parts of India and abroad applying for this course. Fees once paid is not refundable as we are securing the seat and cannot take any more students.
Who are the teachers of this course?
Teachers are registered and practicing therapists, professors from colleges/ universities from different parts of the world.
What are the components we cover in this course?
Psychodrama, Art therapy, Dance/ movement therapy, storytelling as therapy, Music therapy, Counselling, and Expressive Arts Therapy.
This is a 14 credits course. You will cover 300 hours class work, 50 hours in assignments, 70 hours on your project, 10 hours of supervision and 40 hours of personal therapy. This is a total of 470 hours.
How much is the course fee?
Tuition fees, supervision fees, field visit fees, association membership fees, course materials Rs. 1,10,000/- Students have to pay this in two or three installments.
Who can apply?
If you are working in an NGO, if you are already working with children – ( special educators, Montessori teachers)or working as a health care professional (doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, HR professionals, Corporate Trainers, Life Coaches. This training will enable you to perform your work with more tools. This is not an Art based Therapy course this is Expressive Arts therapy and we expect students who are applying to have some academic or arts competence.
You should have completed a Master’s degree but if you are graduate it has to be in fine arts, psychology or Social work. If you do not have the necessary educational qualification we will consider your experience if that is relevant.
Men and women are eligible to be apply, since most alternate therapy courses have a lot of women candidates, male candidates are encouraged to apply.
Please write to us or call us details above, if you need further clarification.
For Registration Click here
Phone: 9884700135 / 9884700104

Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop, 14 & 15th August 2017

Who is Eligible ?

          This Training will be helpful for anyone working with Children - Mentors, School Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Creative Art Therapists, Teachers, NGO Workers, Counsellors, Psychological Counsellors, Educators, Coaches, and Trainers.

Fees: Rs. 4500 including GST

 So come join us at Harrington Road, Chennai

For Workshop With Magdalene Jeyarathnam
Call Us to Register: 98847 00135 / 98847 00124 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Drama therapy and Storytelling Workshops

Training In July 2017

Drama Therapy workshop - 5 to 8 July

Trainer - Evan Hasting

Workshop fees - Rs 8000/

Venue - Women's Christian College, Chennai

About Evan
Evan integrates Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and elements of Hip Hop culture into his approach to artistic social healing. Grass Rooted in community organizing, he acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement.  Evan facilitates in correctional facilities, community theatres, schools and colleges. He also works with therapists, social workers, artists and educators by consulting and providing professional development. 

Storytelling Therapy workshop - 10 to 12 July

Trainer - Dr Eric Miller

Workshop Fees - Rs 6000/-

Venue - Women's Christian College, Chennai

For either or both workshops please click here to register.

Call us for more information - 044-42080810/ 9884700124
Email -

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Workshop April 3 to 7, 2017

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Intensive Workshop in Chennai

Date - April 3 to 7, 2017.          Time - 9.30 AM to 3.30 PM

For Registration and more information 
Please contact - 9884700135/ 044- 42080810
email -
Workshop Fees - Rs 10000/=

The workshop will explore the key concepts that underpin DMP in creative and interactive ways, through group work, discussion, creative exploration, theory and movement. 

Below are the subheadings that this workshop addresses -   
  • What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
  • History of Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Using creativity & play in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Moving in Psychotherapy? Exploring the non-verbal, creative process.
  • Developing kinaesthetic awareness, mirroring & attunement
  • Introducing Laban Movement Analysis
  • Pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: different DMP models
  • DMP & the therapeutic process; making sense of dance movement as the embodied, symbolic expression of experience.

The intensive workshop also focuses on how DMP is applied to practice in various settings. You will have an opportunity to hear about a number of specialist areas and how DMP adapts to fit the context whilst staying fundamentally on model with its guiding principles.

Preetha Ramasubramanian: Preetha did her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and graduated with a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a member of Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, United Kingdom and American Dance Therapy Association.

Preetha started her professional career as a special educator in India and went on to head the creative movement department at vidyasagar. To gain international exposure she moved to the UK and worked as a special educator. During this, she witnessed how movement and dance helped people think and talk about their feelings. As a professional dance teacher in modern dance, she witnessed an overall change in people’s wellbeing through dance. This inspired her to explore how movement can be used as an expressive tool and led her to higher studies in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and a career in the psychotherapy domain. As a dance movement psychotherapist she gained broad exposure in the UK working in different settings such as forensic psychiatric unit, special and mainstream schools.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Expressive Arts Therapy classes and Music Therapy classes

Expressive Arts Therapy classes Feb 6 to 10 from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM  
Music Therapy classes Feb 11, 12, 14, 15 from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM

As part of the class on DEAT (Diploma in Expressive Arts therapy) Dr Karen Estrella will be teaching both these modules. Dr Estrella has written several articles on Expressive Arts therapy as a modality on its own. She is the Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Programme at Lesley University, Boston. Dr Estrella is a licenced Music therapist, Art therapist and Expressive arts therapist. She is a wonderful teacher and has many years of experience as a therapist.

If any of you wish to register for either of these modules please write to us asking for details.


There were a little more than 300 participants on the first conference that we jointly conducted with Women's Christian College. Being the first such conference, this is a very important landmark in the history of Expressive Arts Therapy in India. 

The sessions were as follows:
 Pre conference options for Feb 15th was any of the following: 
  1. Building Empathy using Dance Movement Therapy – Preetha Ramasubramanian
  2. Storytelling for Self-Development – Dr. Eric Miller, USA/India
  3. Psychodrama : Enhancing Creativity and Spontaneity – Magdalene Jeyarathnam
  4. Art Therapy – Oihika Chakraborthi                                        

    The schedule of the conference is as follows:

    16th February 2017 (Day 1)

    8.30 – 9.30           Registration
    9.30 -10.00          Inauguration Session (Auditorium)
    11:00 – 11:15         Tea
    11:15 – 12:15         Plenary I — Why Expressive Arts Therapy is a Separate Mode of Therapy, Dr. Karen Estella
    12:15 – 1:15          Plenary II – Expressive Therapies Focussing on Dance and Movement, Ms. Ritu Shree
    1:15 – 2:15            Lunch
    2:15 – 3:45          Concurrant Workshokshop, “Expressive Arts for Personal and Professional Effectiveness”:
                                Dance Therapy, Ms. Tripura Kashyap
                                Visual Art Therapy, Ms. Oihika Chakraborthi
                                Therapeutic Uses of Story and Storytelling, Ms. Regina Ress
                                Expressive Arts Therapy, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin
    3:45 – 4:00          Tea
    4:00 – 5:30          Plenary III — Expressive Arts Therapy and Behavioural Change, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam

    6 PM - Inauguration of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

    Lighting of the lamp and combined art work.

    17th February 2017 (Day 2)

    9:00 – 10.15         Plenary IV — Expressive Arts Therapy - A Case Study, Ms. Brinda Jacob-Janvrin
    10:15 – 10:30       Tea
    10:30 – 1:00         Panel Presentations: “Self-discovery through Expressive Arts for Human Resource Development.”

                                Moderators, Dr. Veena Easvaradoss and Dr. Anitha Rajendran.

                                1) Visual Art, Ms. Oihika Chakrabharti
                                2) Psychodrama, Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam
                                3) Dance and Movement, Ms. Preetha Ramasubramanian
                                4) Storytelling, Dr. Eric Miller

    1:00 – 2:00           Lunch
    2.00 – 3.30           Paper Presentations.
                                Track 1, Expressive Arts Therapy.
                                Track 2, Individual Expressive Therapies.
                                Track 3, Applications of the Expressive Arts – I.
                                Track 4, Applications of the Expressive Arts – II.
    3.30-4:30              Valedictory Function (Auditorium).