Dr Tian Dayton

Director, The New York Psychodrama Training Institute

Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. She served as Caron’s director of programme development for eight years and Breathe’s for four. She was also a professor at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA). She is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP), and is the winner of their scholar’s award and the President’s award. She has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy for ten years and as an executive editor for eight, she sits on the professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award for her contributions to the field of addiction.

Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. She is the author of fifteen books including, Neuropsychodrama in the Treatment of Relational Trauma, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: How Childhood Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships, Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance, Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy, Heartwounds : The Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Grief on Relationships, Forgiving and Moving On , The Living Stage: A Step by Step Guide to Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy, The Magic of Forgiveness. She is also a Huffington Post blogger and a Thrive Global blogger. Her films and videos include The Process, A 73 Minute award-winning docudrama that uses Psychodrama to tell stories of addicts; Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trauma and The Body: A Psychodramatic Approach and Healing Childhood Abuse through Psychodrama. She is also a certified Montessori teacher. For more information about Dr. Dayton, visit www.tiandayton.com


Nov 5, 2019 - Video

On Grief: An Interview with Tian Dayton

Tian’s newest book, The Soulful Journey of Recovery has just been published and its available now to buy from Amazon. Within it she describes the...

Aug 9, 2019 - Video

Nottinghamshire and Adverse Childhood Experiences

After hearing the horrendous news last week about the hundreds of children in council care in Nottinghamshire who were exposed to sexual abuse by...

Jul 22, 2019 - Video

The Grief of the Inner Child

How We Use Psychodrama in Resolving the Past A blog by Tian Dayton PhD TEP (partially excerpted from The Soulful Journey of Recovery Nov. 2019) One...


Jul 17, 2019 - Video

Psychodrama in Work with Trauma and Addiction


May 15, 2019 - Video

Relationship Trauma Repair (RTR)

Dr Tian Dayton presenting at iCAAD London 2019. Research in neurobiology has made clear that our emotions are experienced and processed by the body...

Feb 8, 2019 - Video

Making "The Process"

Almost 20 years after making "The Process' - a groundbreaking film about the process of psychodrama, which helped open the world's eyes to the it's...

Feb 8, 2019 - Video

Psychodrama: Everyone Has Their Own Story, and Everyone Needs Their Own Stage

Dr Tian Dayton is one of the early pioneers of Psychodrama and widely acknowledged as a leading global expert on the practice, theory, and...

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Rome 2019