The Therapist as Improv Actor?

Ann Randolph on Using Acting to Access Emotions

Rich Simon

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 below from Ann's bonus session in our all-new webcast series, Creativity in the Consulting Room, to hear her talk about one acting technique in particular that can easily be incorporated into therapy sessions to help clients express their emotions.

This is just one of the many techniques Ann will discuss to help therapists expand their therapeutic range.

Creativity in the Consulting Room
New Tools for More Energizing and Effective Therapy

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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • Stephen Gilligan on Evoking Creative States of Consciousness
    Master powerful methods for helping clients access the generative mind-body states that can enable them to realize their dreams.

  • Courtney Armstrong on Vitalizing Your Clinical Style
    Break free from one-size-fits-all approaches and discover how to bring more of your creative potential into your work.

  • Erving Polster on Making New Things Happen
    A celebrated therapist with more than 6 decades of clinical experience reflects on the lessons he’s learned about creativity in the consulting room.

  • Peggy Papp on Metaphor, Symbol, and Fantasy in Couples Therapy
    Learn how to use experiential techniques to transform therapeutic stalemates into transformational moments.

  • Steve Andreas on The Clinical Artistry of Virginia Satir
    Through the use of clinical videos, focus on understanding the powerful techniques that made Virginia Satir a legend in our field.

  • Jeffrey Zeig on Altering Consciousness Through the Arts
    Discover how to use methods drawn from the arts to helps clients shift rigid patterns of unhappy thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

Creativity in the Consulting Room
Series Begins February 26th

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Topic: Professional Development | Couples

Tags: Ann Randolph | clinical creativity | consciousness | Courtney Armstrong | creativity in counseling | creativity in the consulting room | Erving Polster | Jeffrey Zeig | mind-body | Peggy Papp | psychotherapist | Stephen Gilligan | Steve Andreas | therapist | therapists | therapy | Virginia Satir

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 6:18:53 PM | posted by Lucy McLellan
A really interesting piece with a tantalizing title! Thank you for posting. I want to encourage Psychotherapy Networker and its readers to explore the practice of drama therapy, an active, experiential approach to facilitating change with clients of all ages. Drama therapists engage their improvisational skills throughout the therapeutic exchange, as well as guiding clients towards increased spontaneity and play in their roles and relationships. More information can be found through the North American Drama Therapy Association ( and our organizational website at