PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIALS: SUPERVISION, LECTURING & TEACHER TRAINING
Yaela was my clinical supervisor for my Dramatherapy placements in 2019. Throughout the year, she presented an innate ability to identify, hone into, and mold the strengths of each Drmatherapy Masters student.
She approached her duties as clinical supervisor with utmost professionalism and discretion. Her inviting demeanour allowed for me to approach her with any and all, forms of questions, worries, insecurities and sometimes just to have a shoulder to lean (cry) on.
Yaela took me by the hand and guided me through my first steps of becoming a drama therapist. Without her constant support, her willingness to go the extra mile, and her ability to engage on a personal and professional level, I would not have grown into my full potential as a “becoming drama therapist.”
Karel Webber, Dramatherapist
I am deeply grateful to have participated in a post-graduate training module at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) presented by Yaela in 2019.
Grateful for this trainer’s careful listening, intuitive response to our needs, practical information; whilst simultaneously retaining a mindful presence and creative engagement.
I felt completely safe in her hands: mind, body and spirit. Who Yaela is as a person brings a congruence which is infinitely approachable and accepting. At the same time there is a real sense of professionalism and good old common sense.
I feel lucky to have trained under her thoughtful insight.
Margie Pankhurst, Actress, Performer, Dramatherapist
As a Dramatherapy student, I had the privilege of having Yaela as my clinical supervisor. The process of becoming a Dramatherapist is a daunting one, but through Yaela’s guidance I was able to find my footing, my confidence and my own unique voice.
Yaela uses an arts-based approach as a supervisor; utilising play, role-work, movement and projective techniques to enrich the clinical learning. This, along with her theoretical rigour, allowed me to grow, as a Dramatherapist, from a sturdy foundation.
Through her supervision, I became able to imagine into my clients’ internal worlds as both an artist and a clinician, and learnt how to use this knowledge to best serve my clients’ needs.
Perhaps most powerful about Yaela’s supervision, however, is how she grounds it with her humanity. She met me as a human being and acknowledged my personal needs and intricacies.
She taught me how to commit to the humanity of my clients. And her own humanity – her calming, committed, containing and grounding presence – ensured that I felt safe and held by her supervision, no matter what challenges I was facing as an emerging Dramatherapist.
Jessica Mayson, Dramatherapist
I am a visual artist and an Expressive Arts Therapy Master’s student at Lesley University, Boston, MA. For my application to Lesley University I had to submit a portfolio showing engagement in several artistic modalities.
I worked with Yaela for a few months during which she taught me the basics of movement, how to enlarge my dance vocabulary and use all the parts of my body to express myself.
Thanks to working with her, I not only was able to add some improvisational dance videos to my application, but I also learned a lot about myself.
Although she did not work in the capacity of a therapist, but more as a trainer of using movement for therapeutic needs, she showed me through her gentle and professional guidance how movement could be deeply therapeutic and could change my relationship with myself and my body.
It was a wonderful experience and one that continues with me until this day in its lessons and artistry.
Alexandra Khazin, Artist & MA Expressive Arts Therapy Student
Yaela was hired at an unprecedented early stage of her career as a lecturer, course coordinator and supervisor at Drama for Life. Yaela was chosen for this role because of the excellence demonstrated in all her work. She is diligent, insightful, innovative and sophisticated in her execution of tasks and boundary negotiation. Her intuitive ability, listening and questioning skills, and creativity make for a strong Dramatherapist.
She is an accomplished team player and understands multi-disciplinary team-work. She has run a highly commendable practice with young people and families which is marked by an insight into ethical practice.
She has worked at Drama for Life in the training of young professionals with remarkable insight, sensitivity and care and invaluable organisational skills.
Under her guidance and through her sharing her experience, practice and depth of engagement with the profession of Dramatherapy with our students, we have witnessed the most growth [in our students] and best results in the history of our department thus far.
Warren Nebe, Director of Drama for Life, University of Witwatersrand
My name Is Yakira Farber and I am currently studying for my Licentiate Diploma through Trinity College of London with Yaela Orelowitz as my teacher and guide.
I feel so privileged to be studying with Yaela; she is not just a drama lecturer, she is a believer. She is someone whom has shown tremendous faith in me, enabling me to believe in myself and reach and achieve my goals not just in the drama framework, but in life.
Yaela is the most dedicated and patient teacher who teaches with love and compassion. She has so much passion and insight in drama that each lesson for me has been a journey of a lifetime!
Her skills and techniques have truly advanced my level of acting, improvisation, public speaking, vocal and physical skills, ability to think outside the box, and writing skills (just to mention a few because the list is endless).
I truly feel that I have won the Jackpot with Yaela as my teacher. She is truly magical and one of a kind. Yaela inspires hope, ignites the imagination, all while instilling a love of learning.
When I think of Yaela, I dont just think "teacher," I think mentor, guide, aid, director, role model, inspiration, motivator, believer and friend.
I think of all the incredible amount of effort she puts into things and the time and love she devotes to her students. I think of all the times that we have shared, the countless lessons I have learned and skills I have gained.
When I think of Yaela, I think of who I have become and how I am who I am because she believed in me. I think of just how much my life has changed since meeting her and how I don't know where I would be if not for her.
I love learning, I love growing, I love teaching and this is because of the unbelievable teacher who has stood by my side and continues to do so even though now we are miles apart.
When I think of Yaela, I dont just think she is a phenomenal mentor, without a doubt, I know she is.
Shira Liknaitzky, Licentiate of Speech and Drama Teacher Trainee
Yakira Farber, Licentiate of Speech and Drama Teacher Trainee
PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIALS: THERAPY CLIENTS
My daughter Zoey started doing Dramatherapy with Yaela and at first I was not sure about it as it was something new and different to Play Therapy (which we were accustomed to). Zoey loved and got on with Yaela from day one.
The difference I started seeing with Zoey was remarkable.
Yaela's unique techniques were unbelievable how they really helped and changed Zoey.
When we did group sessions (where the parents, child and therapist had a session together), the tasks we participated in really helped us to understand each other better as a family and helped us to explain the underlying issues in what we were dealing with in a way that is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Yaela always kept me up tp date with Zoey's progress and if there was something that she felt I needed to know or work on with Zoey she would let me know.
Similarly, if I needed anything, no matter the time, Yaela always made time to listen and to offer helpful advice.
Yaela is truly a remarkable, caring person. I promise that if you are lucky enough to have Yaela work with you, you have only the best!
Nadine Levin, Mother of Dramatherapy Client
Thank you so very much for the wonderful, exciting, fun-filled and special journey you have shared with Victoria for the past 14 months in South Africa, Johannesburg.
Coming to you for Dramatherapy was one of the highlights of Victoria's week and she thoroughly enjoyed "escaping" into a different, colourful and fascinating world filled with imagination, role-play, music, adventure and creativity.
Not only did her speech and language improve, but so too did her problem solving, public speaking, interview and goal setting skills. Yaela caringly and gently guided Victoria on a journey to discover more of her strengths and weaknesses as a young lady with Down Syndrome, how to embrace them, work with them and love herself more.
Victoria's confidence has soared and the sparkle in her eyes has brightened!
Lauren Winiecki, PA to Victoria Giuricich, Spokeswoman and Model with Down Syndrome
Yaela is a rare gift of a therapist. Her incredibly deep knowledge of the workings of the human heart, mind and body, coupled with her intuitive wisdom make connecting with her healing and meaningful.
Her deep listening and compassion and her ability to be completely present with you are so appreciated by those she comes into contact with.
In deep gratitude to Yaela for this!
Hayley Roberts, Adult Client
As a parent, the worse feedback you can get from a school report is that your child is a bully. We received this news last year during a session with my daughter’s teachers and we were devastated. Of course the next thing to do for any parents is to look for possible ways to address this, which includes seeing a range of professionals, prescriptions for medication that would help, behaviour modifications and family therapy, the list is long. The teachers were nice enough to refer us to Yaela and maybe see if her Dramatherapy sessions will help our child address the bullying.
I must say my first parent session with Yaela was therapeutic and I am not one who typically can open up to therapists of any kind. She explained at length how Dramatherapy can be used to address bullying tendencies, accept her peers and respect boundaries etc.
After just few sessions, Yaela reported back that after observing the child for a few sessions, she was not a bully but was rather a person with strong character which needed to be managed , her behaviour directed positively rather than destructively. We were elated as parents and we continued with the sessions until the end of the school year because our daughter loved going to therapy which was interactive and full of fun. She always looked forward to Wednesday, the day of Dramatherapy.
There had been no reports of misbehaviour this year nor bullying, and we think that the sessions with Yaela have taught her great life lessons: She has accepted that she can’t be right all the time and must allow her friends to have their say and be respectful to others.
Without Dramatherapy, I think as parents we would still be lost.
I would definitely recommend this form of therapy to parents- it is learning through drama.
It should be the first step in addressing behavioural issues in a child before looking for other intensive and very intrusive forms of therapies.
Thank you Yaela!
Paule Ndessomin, Parent of Dramatherapy Client
I felt extremely comfortable bringing my daughter to therapy with Yaela and my daughter looked very forward to her weekly therapy sessions.
At the end of therapy, she would come out happy, smiling and relaxed. Yaela is extremely warm, friendly and super caring. I am truly grateful for her intervention in my daughter’s life and would highly recommend her and her therapy modality to any parent whose child needs therapy in a warm, safe and very caring environment.