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March 11th 2015:Comedy and Therapy

In this episode we will be exploring the connections between comedy and therapy! My guest will be Dr. Ellen Veenstra, a psychologist in private practice. One of her specialties is in the area of creativity and improvisation. She performs and teaches improv and uses it in working in a wide variety of treatment settings including with federal prisoners and people with severe mental illness. Tune and see what we can all learn about how to use this fun and valuable tool!

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Dr. Ellen Veenstra

Dr. Ellen Veenstra is a psychologist in private practice in Newport Beach, Calif. She is also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and is part of a national response team responding to workplace tragedies. Ellen has researched the theory, principles, and practice of improvisation, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the use of improvisation in psychotherapy. She is on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Creativity Project, a nonprofit organization that brings improv to public schools in Detroit. Ellen has used improv to teach clinical skills to doctoral psychology students. She has also used improvisation in group therapy with federal inmates and persons with schizophre
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