Creative Arts Psychotherapist
I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice in the state of New York.
Each client teaches me something special. I have had the privilege of learning from clients in outpatient clinics as well as private practice.
I have a strong interest in helping clients heal from political or spiritual violence. My research interests are in moral injury and cult abuse.
I currently research and write about social issues and the intersection of psychological phenomena:
Master of Arts, Drama Therapy ~ New York University
Master of Arts, Educational Theatre ~ New York University
Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics ~ University of Massachusetts
I am an integrative, strengths-based, mind-body practitioner who focuses on insight, anti-fragility, and self-mastery.
With each client, I adapt my approach to their preferences, strengths, and cultural background. I engage with my clients psychodynamically to attain joint understanding of their resources as well as their obstacles.
In addition to traditional verbal processing, I offer psychosensory modalities such as creative arts therapy to deepen therapeutic processing. I am also a pre-certified practitioner of Havening Techniques for the treatment of trauma. I also draw from Dialectical Behavior principles to attain balance within current conditions, and Cognitive Behavioral methods to introduce and rehearse adaptive behavior adjustments.
I enjoy working with populations of all ages and backgrounds, and I specialize in cultural expressions of distress and collectivist cultures.
My research and practice has emphasized treatment for Asian and Asian American adolescents and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, ruminations, and self-harm.
I engage clients' "everyday creativity" (i.e. doodling, sharing music, storytelling) as a resource for growth. Every level of creativity is useful - especially when working with survivors of trauma, persons with speech challenges, and children.
My experience has highlighted treatment for:
Human experience is complex beyond the limits of verbal language. Body and mind are constantly loaded with implicit communication that escape our notice. Also known as "pre-verbal" communication, this is our earliest, most fundamental, and most authentic way of relating to ourselves and to each other. The nonverbal aspect of creative expression therefore facilitates the therapeutic process through the use of imagery and metaphor.
Many of the truths we uncover in therapy are paradoxical. Creativity, whether as a primary or auxiliary component of therapy, deepens our capacity to recognize and understand them on a cognitive and visceral level. Rather than unhinge our sense of control, aesthetic distance helps us to regulate our emotions and bodies, and to help us attain insights that are hard to come by through a strictly rational or cognitive process.
All forms of art serve to contain intense thoughts and emotions, and to discharge and transform them constructively. With the guidance of a creative arts therapist, the use of creative arts in psychotherapy introduces us to a rewarding process of integrating and implementing adaptive ways of thinking and being, leading to increased resilience and self-mastery.
Lastly, creative acts in the therapeutic environment are not subjected to evaluation or judgment. As such, the process can offer a corrective, healing experience for individuals who have been discouraged from accessing their creativity. In therapy, the smallest creative act can hold profound truth.
"Why Creative Arts Therapy?"
Use of the arts as medicine predates modern psychotherapy by thousands of years and is common to cultures across the world. Modern science is increasing our understanding of why creativity functions as an important component of mental, emotional, and physical health.
Individual sessions are typically 45-minutes each, once a week. 60-minute sessions can be arranged for self-paying clients.
The standard fee for each 45-minute session is $200. I offer therapy on a sliding scale of $75-$150 for self-pay clients who are willing to make therapy a high priority.
I am happy to to help with getting my clients reimbursed for our sessions through their out of network insurance benefits. Bypassing the insurance bureaucracies allows me the time and resources I need to continue improving the care I provide to my clients.
A brief (15-minute) phone consultation is available free of charge.
Teletherapy via a HIPAA-compliant platform (doxy.me) is also available at this time.