Armand Volkas

Armand Volkas

Email Address

Phone 510 595 5500, Ext 11

Organization Living Arts Counseling Center


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License and Education

License Type Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

License Number MFC#28789

Degrees M.A.

Phone 510 595 5500, Ext 11

Short Description Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

Description Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Counseling Collective, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association. 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, Sofia University, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, intercultural communication and peacebuilding. 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 including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War. Armand 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 26th 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.

Office Location(s)

Office Location(s) East Bay

City Berkeley

State California

Zip 94707

Phone 510 595 5500, Ext 11

2nd Office Phone 5105955500, X11


Sliding Scale yes

Fee Range $200 -$150

Credit Cards Accepted yes

Areas of Specialization

Specializations Anxiety/Phobias, Communication Skills, Couples Counseling, Cross-cultural Issue, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues

Client Types

Clients Individual Adults, Couples, Families, Groups

Clinical Orientation

Orientation Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Humanistic/Existential Therapy

Other Orientation Transactional Analysis

Additional Languages Spoken

Additional Language French

Therapy Groups Offered

Groups Couples, Grief/Loss, Social Anxiety, Social Skills Training, Trauma

Supervision (for Therapists)

Supervision Group Supervision, Individual Supervision

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