It can be hard to play
all the roles life
expects of us.
Personal Plays is a
safe space to rehearse...
And become the Hero
of your life's story!
It isn’t always easy to get the words out to express what you’re going through. You may not even know where to start or what the specific issue is. You just know something needs to change.
If you find yourself or a loved one lacking the words to express their feelings, talking in circles, getting stuck in an emotion, or overthinking their problems, drama therapy offers an effective and evidence based alternative to regular talk therapy which might help you overcome obstacles more quickly and return to a healthy path.
WHAT IS DRAMA THERAPY?
Drama therapy is a form of creative arts therapy that allow us to step into our lives and see it from different perspectives, like watching a movie or a play.
It is a playful and active approach to therapy that takes traditional therapy a step further. Through use of our imagination and creativity, we can work at a deep level to quickly foster greater awareness, self expression, and shifts in our lives.
WHO I WORK WITH
Kids and Teens
KIDS AND TEENS
Providing children and teens the tools they need to express the struggles in their emotional and social worlds. Kids and teens may not want - or know how - to talk about what’s happening but they still need help!
College Students and Young adults
COLLEGE STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Empowering you to step out of anxiety, depression, and trauma as you overcome the challenges of your ever changing lives.
Allowing for creativity and spontaneity and experimenting with new roles helps you find your voice, assert your identity, and heal from psychological wounds that stand in your way.
ABOUT NADINE BERNARD
Nadine holds a BA in English and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, and an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College. Nadine is a P-RDT (provisional Registered Drama Therapist) through the North American Drama Therapy Association. She has completed the coaching training program at ILCT (Institute for Life Coach Training), accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). In addition, she is a Board Certified Life Coach (BCC). She is passionate about stepping into new worlds, and believes each person deserves an audience for their unique life story.
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WHERE IS NADINE?
Nadine currently brings drama and drama therapy to preschool children at Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University in addition to working as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, also at Montclair State. Nadine has led drama therapy sessions at the school Celebrate the Children and therapeutic drama sessions for the CATS program for at risk youth, through the Bergen County Department of Family Guidance. In the past, Nadine has held various drama therapy based workshops including the Hero Workshop for kids with learning disabilities, Sibshop Montclair - peer support groups for siblings of kids with disabilities - which she ran for two years at Cornerstone Montclair, and the Luna Fantasy Factory Theater Camp which she has led at Luna Stage, fostering socio-emotional skills through theater. Nadine is available for workshops tailored to your school or agency and sees individual clients at Tempo! Therapy Services in Nutley, NJ.
Nadine has a big heart and gives so much of herself. It is important to her to help people and projects succeed, and she brings vision and joy to this process. She’s very intuitive and is warm, thoughtful, deep and funny. She’s been a huge help in guiding me in my job search.
Glen Ridge, NJ
I have found that working with Nadine feels like sharing coffee with a wise friend – comfortable, open, and honest. Nadine is someone in whom you can easily confide even the most perplexing or daunting of situations, and she will hold you accountable for doing the challenging work of exploring aspects of your personality that contribute to your successes and failures. Nadine helped me to reshape some of my major, negative trains of thought that were limiting my potential for success and happiness. She has given me the tools I need to move forward in a more confident, self-assured manner in every aspect of my life. I am now gainfully and happily employed in a new job that is meaningful to me, and I am living in a new city that brings me endless joy. Kudos to Nadine and her life-coaching talents! She is exceptionally gifted, and the recent outcomes in my life are proof positive of her coaching skills.
I just finished 8 weekly sessions with Nadine and they were invaluable. Nadine helped me navigate both the crowded contents of my head and my life’s latest challenges so I could successfully arrive at a truly focused vision for my immediate future. Together, we uncovered the strengths and abilities I had lying dormant within myself (as opposed to telling me what she thought I needed to do) and activated my truest passions and turned them into a clear direction for me to take my career in—while also putting them in context with my new role as a parent. Lots of gratitude for Nadine!
I had some coaching sessions with Nadine and she was wonderful. Nadine helped me put together a lot of pieces in my life and see them as interconnected. Then as we worked together I became less overwhelmed and felt like I could handle what was going on. Ultimately, I feel better about myself and know I can tackle everything that is going on.
What I most appreciated about life coaching with Nadine was the perspective shift I received, the feeling of possibility beyond my stuckness, and the simple solutions and actions for moving forward in my career and family life. Nadine was present with me in a way that felt intimate and specific to my situation; I felt cared for and supported and listened to in a way that helped empower me to make changes.
“I have really enjoyed my experience with Life Coaching and with working with Nadine. She immediately made me comfortable with the process and helped me to create a road map of what we were going to work on. The journey has been incredible and so rewarding. Nadine is very compassionate, extremely thoughtful and very motivating. She has gently pushed me in the direction I have been wanting to go but haven’t been able to get to on my own.”