Improvisation Therapy

Bring the benefits of improvisation - which at its core is about trusting yourself and others, practicing open listening, creating in a context of agreement (called "yes, and"), and not allowing yourself to get lost in habitual patterns of thinking and behavior. Utilizing the myriad of skills and tools that improv brings, these workshops are geared toward supporting the staff and clients at rehabilitation and recovery centers. Learning how to listen in new ways, being more effective with patients with greater communication, mindfullness, emotional connection, releasing control, getting out of one’s head, listening and focusing on another person can be transformative mentally.

Professional Development with Improv

HOW

Yes, And listening, present in the moment, contributing freely, adaptability, this isn’t cleverness training or joke training. It’s really about the infrastructure of communicating, connecting, and building.

YES

“Yes, and” can be the antidote to workplace negativity. There is safety in saying no. What we do is say, ‘Let’s follow that idea for a moment. Let’s ‘yes, and’ just for a moment, to see where it goes.’ This improves communication by reducing barriers and increasing acceptance of ideas, building, finding a way to ‘make it work’ solution-minded. Saying yes to other people, they start to bring you their best ideas. “When you’re meeting things habitually with ‘yes, and,’ with an energy of agreement, you transform the way people perceive you. If people aren’t confident, they don't contribute as much, so you lose. It’s like group writers’ block: You only toss your idea out there if it’s perfect.

ACTIVE LISTENING

What you need to do in improv is listen closely to every word a scene partner is saying. Everything’s moving so fast; you may have missed the most interesting thing. The audience may have heard it, and if you missed it you haven’t really driven the scene forward, you don’t know what to react to. The boon comes in client meetings. When you’re in a meeting with a client, you need to not only hear but also deeply listen to everything.

EXCERSISES

Presentation skills: You need to be comfortable not only with objective facts but with emotion and expressiveness, and the emotional side of decisions and organizational dynamics is critically important to successful interactions. It’s not necessarily easy for everyone to do both the cognitive and the emotional side, but it’s very important for a leader and consultant to have that expressive, emotional, vulnerability.

GAMES & DRILLS

Studies have shown that people can improve their communication skills and lower their anxiety with regular practice. Improv’s low-stakes training increases the likelihood that team members will feel comfortable communicating in a variety of work situations. I have so many games and drills I use for my clients needs.

PACKAGES

WORKSHOPS CATER TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS. YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO FOCUS ON.

TEAMBUILDING/PUBLIC SPEAKING/ INNOVATION/CREATIVITY/PRESENTATION

Your team will have fun exploring improv through a series of high-energy games designed to build team spirit and collaborative thinking! Come YES AND with me! Challenge your team to think outside the box, take risks, and brainstorm dynamically through improvisation. I give you tools to not only get the creative juices flowing, but to conceptualize implementation. A good pitch or relatable story can make or break a deal. Through a series of games and exercises learn how to engage an audience with confidence, exhibit strong body language and overcome nerves by using the tools of improv. Use improvisation for conflict management, fine tuning communication, listening, and responding in solution based directions.

LONGFORM

Learn storytelling, communication, ‘yes, and’, listening and pure play through a series of scenes we dive into, play out and expand. We will explore and experience the benefits of improv through drills and scenes focused on making decisions with conviction, communication clearly, thinking more creatively and loosening up, laughing at yourself, collaborating and reading cues, as well as shifting your perspective.

The techniques of the theater are the techniques of communicating.
— Keith Johnstone
“Among other things, neuroplasticity means that emotions such as happiness and compassion can be cultivated in much the same way that a person can learn through repetition to play golf and basketball or master a musical instrument, and that such practice changes the activity and physical aspects of specific brain areas.”
— Andrew Weil, Spontaneous Healing