- Our group of psychotherapists and certified psychodramatists share a common philosophy. We believe that well-being springs from spontaneity and creativity. We have several goals:: First, to help individuals nurture their own spontaneity. Second, to teach professionals the theoretical and practical tools of Psychodrama and Sociometry. Over all, we strive to deepen each person's capacity to live and work with others.
DR. BOB SIROKA - FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Fascinated by the healing powers of both psychodrama and sociometry, Dr. Bob Siroka founded the original The Institute in. 1968, which soon after became a major center for therapy and training. In addition to over 50 years of counseling and psychotherapy exeprience, Dr. Siroka is a founding member of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, has lectured in Psychology at The Department of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School, was a recipient of the J.L. Moreno. Lifetime Acheivement award, has taught Psychodrama and Action Methods at NYU, SUNY (Stony Brook) and Rutgers University and has presented many workshops nationally and internationally. Other than that, Bob is just a regular musician.
JACQUELINE DUBBS SIROKA - ACSW, TEP, BCD
Jacquie is the Director of Clinical Services at The Sociometric Institute and Co-Creator of Integral Therapy. She is a 2013 Graduate from a 2-year curriculum including studies and training in insight, mindfulness, meditation and compassion practices. She was formerly on the faculty at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and SUNY at Stony Brook School of Social Welfare, and was the Director of Psychodrama Services at Fair Oaks Hospital in NJ. In addition Jacquie was a supervisor at the Psychodrama Department at ST. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with additional training in Group Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and was the recipient of the J.L. Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
JACOB GERSHONI - LCSW, CGP, TEP,
Jacob, co-director of the Psychodrama Training Institute, a division of the Sociometric Institute, is a certified group psychotherapist (CGP) in private practice, and also certified a Trainer, Practitioner and Educator (TEP) by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Formerly, a medical social worker at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a Senior Psychiatric Social Worker at Queens Child Guidance Center, Jacob was a member of the executive council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP). He has led workshops and presentations in many local and international conferences and institutes. He leads ongoing therapy and training groups and open workshops focusing on personal development, team building and group work in action. Jacob is the editor of “Psychodrama in the 21st Century: Clinical and Educational Applications” (Springer, 2003) and author of book chapters and articles in various journals.
NAN NALLY-SEIF - LCSW, DCSW, TEP
Nan, co-director of the Psychodrama Training Institute, a division of the Sociometric Institute, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City. She is also certified by the American Board of Examiners of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy as a trainer, educator, and practitioner (TEP). She is a Diplomat in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). Nan received her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work where she was a National Institute. Nan, has been elected to the New York State Board for Children of Alcoholics, and was the Chairperson of the American Board of Examiners of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy. Besides her private practice in New York City, she is co-director of the Psychodrama Training Institute, a division of the Sociometric Institute. Nan has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has been a field work instructor for Master level students from Columbia University, Fordham University, Adelphi University, Hunter College, and New York University.
JAYE MOYER, LCSW, TEP
Jaye is a certified trainer, educator, practitioner, and a licensed psychotherapist. She has a clinical supervision and private therapy practice in NYC and Orange County, she studies and works with the connection between therapy, spirituality and mindfulness and is on the faculty at the Psychodrama Training Institute in NYC. Jaye was drawn to psychodrama by its philosophical underpinnings of creativity and spontaneity. Her approach asks "How can I create with this person a holding environment that can help them to tap into their potential and to live more fully and freely. In the past eight years she has been actively integrating mindfulness training and compassion practices into her psychotherapeutic practice. She encourages a participant to incline her awareness to her emotional and physical sensations, rather than limiting her focus to just the content of the story. Her monthly “Time In” workshops integrate various meditation practices with group process and action explorations. Topics of past workshops have included “Self-compassion”, the “Benefactor” practice, “Forgiveness”, “Leaning In” “Causes of Suffering.” Buddhist psychology is a growing influence on Jaye’s work.