East West Center for Counselling & Training | Indian Institute of Psychodrama | Magdalene Jeyarathnam | Eric Miller

Our Team

Magdalene Jeyarathnam

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, is the Founder and Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training (P) Ltd., Chennai, India.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, has worked almost 25 years as a Counsellor, Counselling Supervisor, Expressive Arts therapist and is a board certified Psychodramatist. She is a board member of the International association of Group Psychotherapy and Group process. She has worked as consultant to several governments as WHO and UNICEF consultant. Magdalene Jeyarathnam is the first psychodramatist to be trained in India. She use psychodrama to work with individuals, couples and groups. Magdalene is the founder of Indian Institute of Psychodrama which is the first psychodrama training institute in India. She uses psychodrama to work with several marginalised communities like sexworkers, children infected and affected by HIV, people living with HIV, LGBTQI+ community to promote positive mental health, She is completing 30 years as a Group Psychotherapist. She has recently been awarded Neil Passariello memorial award for her work in Psychodrama by the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP).She is currently completing doctoral study in treating mental health through Psychodrama and other creative arts.

Dr. Eric Miller 

Dr. Eric is a scholar, trainer and artist who directs the World Storytelling Institute (www.storytellinginstitute.org) here in Chennai. He has led Storytelling Workshops over the last 7 years for teachers, corporates, therapists, children and others. His Ph.D. is in Folklore, from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He teaches Storytelling Therapy.

Ms. 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 specialized education, trans cultural psychiatry, trauma, resilience-building and dance movement therapy.


Dr. Peter Howie                         

Peter is a past President of ANZPA (www.anzpa.org), also Director of Training at Brisbane Campus of Psychodrama Australia and a regular contributor to several professional journals.Since commencing his training in psychodrama and group work in 1985 in Sydney, Peter has continued designing and running group programs from 1992. For the past sixteen years he has specialised in leadership development, adult learning processes and learning interventions. Peter is qualified as a Psychodrama Trainer Educator and Practitioner through the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc. (ANZPA).

Maurizio Gasseau

Maurizio Gasseau, University professor in Aosta – Italy. Co-chair of IAGP Education Committee, and FEPTO Task Force for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation. Director of IPAP – Institute of Analytical Psychology and Psychodrama, Main interests are dreams and working on trangenerational topics. He developed the Jungian Psychodrama theory in 1980 and Psychodramatic SDM in 2004. He is leaded training groups in 46 countries. FEPTO Excellence Award in 2017.

Marcia Karp

Marcia Karp, M.A. TEP is Fellow of American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) Lifetime Achievement Awards ASGPP and British Psychodrama Association (BPA); Past Honorary President BPA, Member of UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP); Honorary and Founding member Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO); Distinguished Fellow, Past Board of International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP; Co-Editor Handbook of Psychodrama; Psychodrama Since Moreno; and Psychodrama: Inspiration and Technique; International Trainer Supervisor; online private practice.

Dr. Jorge Burmeister

Dr. Jorge Burmeister, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist, of Spain and Switzerland. Jorge is trained in Psychodrama, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Analytical-Pair Therapy, Family Therapy, Guided Day-Dream Technique, and Jungian Analysis. He is the founding member, FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations, www.fepto.com ).He is the Immediate Past President of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes.He is dean, International Summer Academy for Trans-cultural Group Work (Granada, Spain).

Anath Garber

Anath Garber, trained by J.L Moreno and Zerka T. Moreno, was on the faculty of the Moreno Institute in New York City,has conducted and workshops nationally and internationally, and has been in private practice in New York City since 1975. She introduced psychodrama to the treament of stuttering, alcoholsim, andweight control through mind control, as well as spiritual growth.For 20 years she conducted groups combining psychoanalytic treatment with psychodrama.Currently most of her psychodrama sessions are conducted over the phone, a necessary adaptation to clientele in different parts of USA and the globe . She blends those with ‘focusing’ and” mindfulness” . She’s been quoted in various magazines :’Essence’ and ‘Body and Mind’ and “Mode.” Her work was featured on Oprah’s OWN network. On Executive council of ASGPP, Fellow 1975

Eva Fahlström Borg

Eva Fahlström Borg is a senior licensed Swedish psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer of psychotherapy. She is also a teacher and trainer of psychodrama, Sociodrama, bibliodrama, playback theatre and theater without manuscript.She is a trained Lacanian psychotherapist but works more ecclectic. She trains Restorative Justice and Social Transformations. Eva Fahlstrom Borg has been working with groups for more than 50 years, She is presently Board Member of IAGP and is the Chair of Trauma and Disaster Intervention Team.She has been awarded “Life Time Achievement” by FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations), Her motto: Don’t ask for permission to change the world”!

Manuela Maciel

Manuela Maciel (Portugal) is a Clinical and Social Psychologist, and Psychodrama Director for 32 years. She is experienced individual, group and educational therapist. She was the Chairperson of the Psychodrama Section of the IAGP -International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (2003-2009). Member of the board, supervisor and teacher in the Portuguese Psychodrama Society (SPP). Manuela was trained in Psychogenealogy by Anne Schützenberger and has additional training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR. She was Founder and Consultant of International Sociodrama Conference (2007-2020) and Founder of International Transgenerational Conference (2007).. She wrote and edited books and articles in Psychodrama, Sociodrama and Transgenerational Therapy.

Dr. Daniela Simmons

Dr. Daniela Simmons’ professional experience, both in Europe and the US, is in educational, research, and consultancy work in the social sciences and mental health. Her background includes training and certification at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London. She is the President of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP); and an executive editor of the American Journal in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Daniela Simmons offers experiential, didactic and online training modules on action methods (Psychodrama, Sociodrama, Sociometry, Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, etc.) in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, TX; other states and internationally.

Ms. Mina Dilip
Play Therapist (certified by Leeds Beckett University, UK) and a Sand Tray Therapist (certified by the Sand Tray Training Institute of New Mexico, USA). She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Madras University, and an advanced diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK.

Purvaa Sampath

MT-BC, NMT is the founder and director of Mayahs’ Universe and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She is one of the country’s few CBMT Board-certified music therapists and NMTs (Neurologic Music Therapist). In Bangalore, India, she works as a consulting music therapist with multiple institutions like FAME India which caters to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, and Cadabams Hospitals, which is a residential rehab and mental health facility. She is currently pursuing her Masters’ in Music Therapy from Colorado State University.

Mishti Verma

She is an experiential corporate trainer and founder of Inner Katha Interventions and co-founder of Clap (a center for creative learning arts and performance). She is also a playwright and experienced theatre director. Using a combination of expressive art therapy, healing stories, applied theatre, and classroom training, she has conducted Inner Katha programs on team cohesiveness and behavioral aspects with leading multinationals pan India. Mishti has worked extensively on gender sensitization, inclusion, and strengthening self identity with varied population including children. Her work has been featured in I diva, Mid-day, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Human Capital, Radio One, NDTV, and international features such as Cake & Whiskey et al.

Ms. Oihika Chakrabarti, Art Therapist

Pioneering Art Psychotherapist, Art Therapy Educator and Supervisor, Community Arts in Health Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working for over two decades in India in the non-profit sector, within developmental, rehabilitative, clinical settings, community mental healthcare and education sector, teaching art therapy at the university level in India. She is the Founder Director of Manahkshetra Foundation (art for social change) and the Co-Founder & Chairperson of The Art Therapy Association of India ( TATAI)