Workshop: Improv for Therapists – SOLD OUT

27th January, 2018

With Joe Friedman

Improvisation is an art form based on listening, being in the present, and building a narrative, usually with one partner. The stage is most often empty, except for a few chairs. All you have to work with are your body and feelings, your intelligence and your experience. Sound familiar?

Improv is a demanding discipline, in which you have literally no idea where a scene, or a character, is going. To make this “impossible” task possible, new improvisers are taught a series of skills and rules.

As Joe has studied and performed improv over the past five years, he has often thought the exercises used to teach it would have been useful to learn and practice as part of therapy training. He has come to believe therapists can learn a lot from improvisers.

In this workshop, you will learn improv by doing it  — so the ratio of doing to talking will be high. There will be Improv 101 exercises, and others related more directly to therapy practice. (In other words, this won’t be a lecture on “Improv and its Relation to Psychotherapy!”) There should be plenty of entertainment, laughs, and hopefully some revelations as therapists engage with this lively art form.


Joe Friedman has been working psychoanalytically with individuals and couples for over thirty years. He is a member of the SITE for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the College of Psychoanalysts. He has been doing improv for five years, has done the IO five-week Intensive Course in Chicago, and has performed in the Nursery Original show “The Restaurant” and several twoprov groups.


Time: 2-5pm

Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL