In this energetic episode, Nina shares her experiences with finding her path to drama therapy and the perseverance that was required of her to make it to her dream. Nina talks about the importance of identity and often uses phrases like, “Can we play with that?” or “How can we empower you?” in her work. She shares her knowledge of the roles that we play throughout our days or lives, the roles we chose, the roles someone else chose for us, and/or the “I am lost” role.  She describes how through the exploration of roles and narratives, we can be empowered to break free from toxic dynamics in life.

Drama Therapist Nina L. Garcia, RDT, CCTP has supported survivors of trauma in hospitals, jails, detention centers, residential treatment centers, non-profits, and more. With a style both bold and compassionate, Nina supports those experiencing trauma, identity, and emotional regulation concerns through her private practice at Nina is a provisionally licensed mental health professional in Texas, concurrently serving on the Board of several non-profits, with an MA Drama Therapy from NYU, BFA Musical Theatre from SHSU, and Teaching Certifications in both Drama and Speech in Texas. Nina holds one-to-one sessions at the HCAT Midtown office, is developing an online empowerment school at, and is in pre-production for the podcast “Triggered”empowering discussion of triggering, often polarized topics by exploring them in a playful and creative way. When not in the office #ElevatingCommunity, Nina enjoys hiking, kayaking the Houston bayous, and spending time with family.

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