About Us

Dr. Lahab Al-Samarrai

Institute Founder



Psychoanalyst (Adults and Children)

Mythodrama Facilitator

Professor at Bastyr University
Clinical Supervision

Dr. Lahab Al-Samarrai is a licensed Clinical Psychotherapist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychotherapy with a sub specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. He has been practicing for over a 14 years in residential, clinical settings, schools, universities and private settings. Dr. Lahab has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults, providing individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and group therapy as well as lecturing and providing clinical supervision to other professionals


Practicing since 1999. He is active in research and writing and has developed a working relationship with the Jung Institute in Zurich since 2005. He started to work with Mythodrama in 2005 and has since been using Mythodrama in group and individual settings. Having seeing the positive effects of Mythodrama himself, he has been working to bring the process to the United States. Conferences that he organizes bring together specialists in the field of conflict, story, and psychology.

Nolan Wade

George Kurian

Institute Partner

Institute Partner

Nolan Wade is a Senior Learning Practitioner and Consultant with a focus on learning technology and instructional design. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Wade currently serves as the Chief People Officer for Above PAR Advisors, a boutique consultancy based in New York City, which offers services in healthcare and healthcare education. His clients have included Fortune 50 organizations and higher educational institutions whose medical, dental, and nursing academic rankings are among the best and highest. Mr. Wade holds a Bachelors in Psychology and M.Ed in Curriculum Development and Adult Learning from DePaul University. He also enjoys endurance sports and is an active tri-athlete, cyclist, and marathon runner.
George Kurian is a filmmaker (Production / Direction / Camera / Writing), photojournalist, and writer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has worked in India, Afghanistan, Syria, Nepal, UK, Spain, Norway, Kenya, Turkey, and other parts of Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Kurian's film work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, Channel 4, Canal +, ZDF, Arte, TV2 (Norway), and Doordarshan. He has had photographs published in The Daily Beast, The Sunday Times, Maclean's/Rogers, Aftenposten (Norway), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), The Australian, Lancet, IRIN, and through AFP. Mr. Kurian has also worked on a range of TV documentaries, from current affairs and history, to human interest and wild life in Asia and Europe. These documentaries have been broadcast on international networks like BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic, Arts, ZDF, and Canal+.

Dr. Adrian Thompson

Institute Partner

Dr. Adrian Thompson is currently a staff psychologist at the Washington State Department of Corrections. He has a passion for both clinical interventions and innovative research. He has specialized in the research and treatment of trauma in specialized populations. Dr. Thompson has experience working with adjudicated youth, physically abused and sexually abused children, and many other vulnerable populations. As the co-founder of a minority mentoring program, he has mentored several African American men ranging from middle school to medical school. Dr. Thompson believes in the strength of the narratives that we tell ourselves, adaptive and maladaptive, and how systematic and environmental interventions can help individuals and groups thrive.