Therapist Profile

Name:
Armand Volkas, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Location:
5463 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 USA
Phone:
(510) 654-8352 x:11
License Number
MFC28789
Practicing Since:
1991
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, (MFT #28789) Phone: (510) 595-5500, Extension 11 Email: armandvolkas@livingartscenter.org Website: www.livingartscenter.org Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice as well as Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland, California. He directs a training program at the Center for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. Drama Therapy uses acting improvisation and Psychodrama as therapeutic tools. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The National Association for Drama Therapy. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapies for social change, intercultural conflict resolution, reconciliation and intercultural communication. Armand Volkas directs Healing the Wounds of History, a therapeutic approach in which theatre techniques are used to work with groups of participants from two cultures with a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma. Healing the Wounds of History has received international recognition for its work in bringing groups in conflict together: Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans; Armenians and Turks; African-Americans and European-Americans, to name a few. He is also Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. Playback Theatre transforms personal stories told by audience members into theatre pieces on the spot using movement, ritual, music and spoken improvisation. Sometimes a story becomes myth, sometimes a realistic enactment: some stories are tragic; others are funny or illuminating. The ensemble is in now in its 20th year of existence. At the heart of Armand's work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Available by appointment
Services
Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, Groups, Children and Families Supervision of Interns
Insurance
Any Insurance Eligible, Call Office for Insurance Accepted, Most Insurance Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy

Education

Degrees
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Antioch West San Francisco., 1986 M.F.A., Theatre, U.C.L.A., 1975

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Alzheimer's Families
Anxiety
Assertiveness Training
Career Stress and Changes
Communication Skills
Couples
Creativity
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Expressive Art Therapies
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Offenders)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Mediation
Other
Parenting
Play Therapy
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Sand Tray Therapy
Supervision
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Art/Movement/Psychodrama
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Humanistic/Existential
Psychodynamic
Transactional Analysis/Redecision
Certifications
RegisteredDrama Therapist Board Certified Trainer in Drama Therapy
Languages Spoken
English, French
Ethnicity
European, Jewish

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