The Therapist as Improv Actor?

Ann Randolph on Using Acting to Access Emotions

What can a performance artist teach a psychotherapist? Besides obvious techniques to open the mind and simply have fun, the creative arts can teach us new ways to motivate stuck clients and better attune to the emotions that arise in the consulting room.

An award-winning solo performer and improv actor, Ann Randolph regularly teaches people from all walks of life how to get in touch with their bodies, loosen up their minds, tap into their inner creativity, and be more empathic and expressive.

Watch the video clip to hear her talk about one acting technique in particular that can easily be incorporated into therapy sessions to help clients express their emotions.



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Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.