Certified Psychodramatist & TEP Co-Director, HVPI
Rebecca Walters, MS, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist), and TEP, is the founder and director of the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute.
Rebecca received her Masters degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley College in 1978 and has worked with individuals and groups of children, adolescents and adults since then. With thirty years of inpatient experience, she was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychodrama Services at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, Katonah, NY where she ran six psychodrama groups a week with children and with adolescents. She also supervised the psychodrama internship program at Four Winds. While at Four Winds she developed ways to effectively use psychodrama and other action methods in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skill groups which she ran on the adolescent units several times a week.
Rebecca is a sought-after international trainer and is known for her expertise in the use of action methods with children and adolescents as well as in the use of psychodrama in DBT skills groups. She has brought her well received training seminars in these areas to conferences and training institutes throughout the US and abroad, including Singapore, Taiwan,Finland, Italy, Greece, Costa Rico and the UK. . She developed a psychodrama training curriculum for substance abuse counselors for Daytop, NY. She has served on the faculty of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College and was on the faculty of MD Anderson Cancer Centers I*CARE, a program for Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement that is a project of the Department of Faculty Development dedicated to improving the communication among cancer patients, their families and their providers. She is the co-author of several articles on the use of psychodrama and sociodrama in medical education.
Rebecca was an elected member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, an organization in which she is a Fellow. She was the 2018 recipient of the ASGPP’s J.L. Moreno Award for outstanding life-long contributions in the field of psychodrama as well as being awarded the 2010 Hannah Weiner Award, which honors her years of service to the ASGPP. She is past president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the ASGPP. Rebecca is certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She is known for her warmth, sensitivity and humor.
Training in psychodrama will give you a theoretical and practical understanding of the methods of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. The techniques learned in psychodrama taught in Psychodrama group work and training can be used for action interventions with groups, family, couples and individual therapy.