Living Improv Groups are facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Workers who have a strong background in improv and theater as well as advanced training and in group psychotherapy.
Elizabeth Ehrenberg, LCSW began Living Improv in 2015 and has been leading Living Improv groups ever since. She is a licensed clinical social worker who loves all things improv, comedy, and storytelling-related. She has studied improv at Bay Area Theater Sports and Leela in San Francisco, Pan Theater in Oakland, as well as The Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theaters in New York City. She got her start doing improv in high school. In college she was a member of Vassar College’s all-female comedy group “Indecent Exposure.” From 2014 - 2018 she was an original member of Pan Theater’s “Sunday Brunch” improv troupe. She has a psychotherapy private practice in Oakland where she specializes in working with LGBTQIA+ folks and helping clients work through relationship issues, shame, anxiety, and perfectionism. Elizabeth received her masters from Smith College School for Social Work where she wrote her thesis on comedy as a healing art form for women. Elizabeth is a graduate of The Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program. To learn more about Elizabeth's private practice, please visit www.elizabethehrenberg.com. (LCS# 64143)
Ali Kimmell, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who integrates her background in theater, psychodrama, and improv with individual and group psychotherapy. She has a private practice in Oakland where she practices from a relational psychodynamic and social justice lens. She has particular expertise in working with emotional disconnection, anxiety, depression, sociocultural identity, LGBTQIA+ folks, and relationship issues. She received her masters from Smith College School for Social Work and has received advanced training at the Psychotherapy Institute and Center for Group Studies. She published an article "Embodied Connections" which explores the use of body-oriented practices in group psychotherapy. To learn more about Ali's private practice, please visit www.alikimmell.com. (LCS# 67173)