Stephen F Kopp retired after 36 years as staff psychodramatist and Coordinator of Experiential Therapies at Saint Luke Institute, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious.  He is certified by the American Board of Examiners as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama. Steve has been involved in psychodrama since 1986.  He has served on the executive council for the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama as well as participated with the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations.  Steve served for many years as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ASGPP.  He offers psychodrama supervision as well as exam coaching and preparation


Steve received his BA from Grinnell College and both his MS and his Certificate of Advanced Study from Loyola, in Maryland.  He had the opportunity for a year’s internship at St Elizabeths Hospital in the District of Columbia, where he further developed his skills in psychodrama and group psychotherapy.


He received the Neil Passariello Award for his work with HIV/AIDS and sexuality issues as well as the Hannah B. Wiener Award for outstanding dedication and contributions to the ASGPP. He has presented psychodrama and action training skills internationally, including in therapy groups, retreats, training workshops, college & continuing education, and as part of religious formation programs.  He has also authored articles for Lukenotes  ( regarding the application of psychodrama principles to ministry/community life.


Steve participates as adjunct faculty in facilitating psychodrama enactments and training established trial lawyers in action techniques.  This is part of a larger extensive training in the Gerry Spence Method at Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming; August 2021-present.

Steve is part of his parish's Stephen Ministries, which provides supportive listening to those experiencing stress.

In addition, Steve is a personal life coach, and is available for both individual coaching sessions and for helping groups develop cohesion and direction. He understands that growth towards our full potential occurs most effectively when it includes a thinking, feeling, body, and spiritual level.  Steve sees both psychodrama and personal coaching as pathways for individuals to expand their possibilities.  This includes learning to honor their more highly developed areas, while learning to grow and change those areas that might hold them back from their dreams or goals.  Steve is currently studying through Mentorcoach to be a certified life coach, and is excited by the interface between psychodrama, positive psychology and life coaching. 

Steve is currently president of the Central Oklahoma Prime Timers, a chapter of Prime Timers World Wide.


Steve is particularly invested in helping people find ways in which action methods & somatic work fosters the integration of strengths and resources within individuals and groups. He typically includes art and poetry in his training and retreat work


         "I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing

           than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance"  

e.e. cummings



Stephen Kopp

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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