About

 

Blair Glaser, MA, LCAT

Blair is a writer, consultant, psychotherapist, leadership mentor and relationship coach. She has been practicing her unique mentoring process – a blend of psychotherapy, consulting and coaching — for 17 years, and has run groups and workshops since 1998.

 

Clients

Blair consults with couples and individuals from all walks of life, as well as executives, managers and teams at corporations such as Estee Lauder, Miller Howard Investments, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Temple Emmanuel in Kingston, NY and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

She has guest lectured about roles, authority and drama therapy at a variety of conferences and institutions, including The New School, NYU and Pratt Institute, where for many years she was a visiting professor for Creative Arts Therapy graduate students.

 

Women’s Leadership

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Blair worked for six years as part of the core staff of Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a movement to stop violence against women and girls, corresponding with women all over the world about issues of empowerment. Through her experiences with V-Day, she developed and facilitated The Vagina Monologues Workshop, a creative approach to sexual empowerment for women, which she taught in New York City, Santa Fe, Los Angeles and at Omega Retreat Centers in New York and in Austin, TX. She was then hired by actor-activist Jane Fonda to facilitate an empowerment workshop for a group of teenage girls.

She created a 4-weekend Professional Development workshop series for women called, “What is Your Real Work?” which she ran from 2010-2013 in Woodstock, NY.

 

Words

Blair brings a sense of joy, irreverent humor and a willingness to take risks to her clients, audiences, and in the stories she tells in writing, speaking at conferences and gatherings. She is writing a book about her unique, 4-part method of creating satisfying, drama-free relationships, borrowing concepts and skills she uses in her leadership and team trainings.

Way back at the dawn of the Internet, Blair became the first online actor-advice columnist when her weekly column “Ask Blair” appeared on Playbill On-Line. More recently, Blair’s articles on intimacy, leadership and authority have appeared online in her blog, on the Elephant Journal; Huffington PostThe Good Men Project; Realizing Leadership Magazine; Digital RomanceTresSugarYourTangoRebelle SocietyErika Napoletano; UK’s feminist e-zine,FLOW, SexualHealth.com, and in the Hudson Valley Arts/ Spirit / Culture publication; Chronogram. She also authored a monthly column, “Inner Actions” which still lives on Feminist.com.

 

Creds

Blair received her Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from Vermont College and The Institutes for the Arts in Psychotherapy, where she eventually served as a senior faculty member. She is a NY licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

 

Digs

Blair lives in Woodstock, NY; and when she is not on site or off-site working with a team, she practices her unique mentoring at home and in the woods. She can also be found writing in her favorite coffee shop in Kingston, NY

Read Blair’s personal bio.

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“I think it’s time we do some work, Sweetie.”

Those were the words that changed the entire course of my life, uttered to me at age 16, by a theatre director who also was trained as a body-mind psychotherapist. She wasn’t referring to improving the monologue I had come to see her about perfecting. She was talking about facing the personal issues that were getting in my way, blocking the talent I had so effortlessly accessed as a child.

That woman, Kate Harper-Nodell, became my first therapist, and eventually my colleague and mentor until she passed in 2001. That powerful relationship taught me the indescribable value of having a solid, ongoing connection and steady counsel with a wise person who is unequivocally in my corner. It taught me how to listen deeply, beyond the surface of what was being said, and it ultimately taught me that I was more inspired by long-term personal transformation than by the short-term transformation that the performing arts offered.

I devoted my life to the pursuit of transformation, enlightenment and connection, which included teaching acting, living in an ashram, taking, over the course of four years, a series of empowerment workshops for women, studying Taoism, getting a degree and NYS license in drama therapy (BTW, I thought I invented drama therapy before I discovered it was a real thing) and becoming a licensed psychotherapist.

Meanwhile, my personal life was anything but common, always evolving. Some people have one main love of their loves, others have the same relationship with different people a thousand times, but each relationship I entered, whether it lasted three months or three years, taught me something new about myself, about loving, and about the nature of togetherness and aloneness.

When I began to work in leadership and organization development, I discovered something unique. The principles I was using in those environments worked really well with couples and single clients looking for love, and I began to work in a new, less psychologically-oriented way.

This is proving to have pretty amazing results. Especially for men, who want to make their relationships work and who understand some of the principles pretty intuitively, but for women, too.

As a result of my rigorous and eclectic training, I’ve worked with women, non-profits, executives in high and low places, entrepreneurs and people who have a need to grow — all on creating a sense of connection, leadership and authority in life and love. I love what I do, and am eternally grateful for and in awe of my clients.