Saturday, December 9, 2017

ART from Heart - December 9th

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 9th December had 15 participants.

Today's Directive: Guided imagery

Thursday, December 7, 2017

DEAT Module 1- Dance movement therapy classes (5th, 6th & 7th Dec), Chennai

The Module1 of Diploma in Expressive Art Therapy (DEAT) started with the Dance Movement Therapy classes held by Katia Verreault . The DEAT program have 15 students this year.


Katia Verreault (Amsterdam) – Group facilitator, Dance movement therapist, Dance instructor and Founder of A Moving World-We dance

Katia is dance movement therapist, special needs teacher trainer, group facilitator and dance instructor with extensive work experience in multi-cultural environments and community settings in the field of specialised education, transcultural psychiatry, trauma, resilience-building and dance movement therapy. Katia’s communication skills and participatory approach enables her to adapt to various clienteles and their needs.

Dance Movement Therapy Workshop with Katia Verreault -2nd and 3rd December, Chennai

The workshop on Dance Movement Therapy was held on 2nd and 3rd December in AICUF, Chennai. The workshop was facilitated by Katia Verreault and had 24 participants.

ART from the Heart- December 2nd

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 2nd December had 12 participants.

Today's Directive: Draw to the Music. Two sheets were given and music was played. The participants drew eyes closed according to the music.

Friday, December 1, 2017

ART FROM Heart on November 25

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 25th November had 13 participants.

 Today's Directive: Swap and draw. Two minutes was given for each person to draw on a sheet and then swap until our final sheet is received.

ART from Heart November 18

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 18th November had 14 participants.

 Today's Directive: Draw a scene from the story that is told. The scene can be altered and dialogues can be added.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

‘Explore the Beautiful You’ – An Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop on 28th & 29th January, Mumbai

Dates: 28th & 29th January 2018
Timing: 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: Mumbai
Course fee: Rs. 5000 (+ GST)
What is Expressive Arts Therapy?
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.
In Expressive Arts Therapy, the therapist and client discuss the client’s feelings and thoughts that have arisen in the client during the artistic process in which the client is expressing him/her. It focuses on the client’s experience of expression and on the reflection upon the client’s feelings and thoughts that may have arisen during this experience. The artistic product is of secondary importance.
Expressive Arts Therapy is a gentle non-judgmental approach, enabling the client to become aware of what is happening in his/her unconscious.It enhances self-awareness and facilitates change, including the relation to personal growth and community development.Expressive Arts Therapy can be practiced with individuals, couples, families, and group.
Ms. Magdalene Jeyarathnam, has worked for over 20 years as a Psychological Counsellor. She is an Expressive Arts Therapist, and a board certified Psychodramatist. She has worked as a consultant to several governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She is a member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process, and the Moreno Psychodrama Society — which is affiliated to the Australian and Aotearoa (New Zealand) Board of Psychodrama.
Ms Magdalene is the Director of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, which she founded in 2013 after working to bring world class psychodrama trainers to India since 2009. She is also the Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training (an Expressive Arts Therapy Center based in Chennai, India); and a co-founder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Association of India.

To Register Click Here

For more details Contact 9884700104 / 9884700135

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dance Movement Therapy Workshop with Katia Verreault -2nd and 3rd December, Chennai

Dates: 2nd & 3rd December 2017
Timing: 9.30 am to 4 pm
Course Fee: Rs. 5000 /-

Venue: 14, 2nd Avenue, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai 600031.

Katia Verreault (Amsterdam) – Group facilitator, dance movement therapist, dance instructor and Founder of A Moving World-We dance
Katia is dance movement therapist, Special Needs teacher trainer, group facilitator and dance instructor with extensive work experience in multi-cultural environments and community settings in the field of specialised education, transcultural psychiatry, trauma, resilience-building and dance movement therapy. Katia’s communication skills and participatory approach enables me to adapt to various clienteles and their needs.

Art from Heart - November 11th

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 11th November had 15 participants.

 Today's Directive: Finger painting using three colors that represents oneself.

Monday, November 6, 2017

ART from the Heart - 4th November

This Saturday's session, Art from the Heart on 4th November had 14 participants.

 Today's Directive: My wish Doll using rags.

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

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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.
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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
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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
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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.