Psychotherapy and Coaching in New York City
You may be an artist, photographer, designer, digital artist, dancer, or performer. A professional in mid-career or just starting out. Doing a job for income at the moment with art as your side gig — or planning the leap into your next career.
I welcome you to explore my thinking and approach to removing barriers to a fulfilling creative life and career. There are three modalities I use to support your work, your art, and your life: psychotherapy, coaching, and facilitating critical response sessions.
Every human is struggling with insecurities, anxieties, doubts, or regrets. I work in an existentialist and humanist tradition that starts with where you are in your life and your history, that explores your current concerns and your hopes for the future. I place great value on your development of self-awareness, curiosity, authenticity and the search for meaning in life. Through our work together, we will construct a vision of yourself as stronger and more resilient.
Why focus on artists and creative individuals?
Much of my work in the past 10 years has been with creative individuals—artists, writers, and filmmakers. I have done qualitative research in the added stress that a creative career puts on the health of the artist. Creative work places inordinate demands on the self. When working solo, there are intense pressures of creative output, idea generation and execution. When working in collaborative fields, there is the added dimension of interacting with others to achieve results. If the work involves clients, there can be schedules and requests that interfere and block progress. And overarching all can be economic struggles depending on the stage of one’s career and life goals.
What is wrong with me? Is it anxiety, depression? Am I crazy?
Often, people come to a therapist seeking a diagnosis, a label for what they are experiencing. I have studied and taught diagnostics to dozens of clinicians, yet feel it can hide as much as it reveals. A diagnosis can feel limiting—discounting the lived experience of the individual in favor of stigmatization or excessive medication. It can imply a power gulf between the client and the therapist. Better to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. At times, therapy (like any significant relationship) can feel uncomfortable, but evidence suggests that the best outcomes occur through developing a solid therapeutic relationship within which change and growth can occur.
Doesn’t therapy take forever?
The issue of time in therapy has always engaged me, especially as the field has promoted shorter-term, focused modalities. While I am trained in those modalities, I push back against a “one size fits all” philosophy. Therapy is not solely the regular weekly session with the clinician, which is all too brief. It is also the lived experience you have between sessions informed by the work done in session. Our time together can help to reflect on what choices you made during the previous week, how they led to change or resistance, what you learned about yourself and your relations with others. It is progress in your life that is the ultimate determinant of outcomes from the work.
To get at the core needs of creative artists, I provide 3 services, psychotherapy, coaching and critical response facilitation. As a client, you are free to contract for any combination of services you may require.
Classically, artists have sought psychotherapy as a means to unblock or to accelerate creativity. My style: humanistic treatment focused on the here-and-now issues of life lived today.
Coaching is focused on performance, setting and meeting goals, identifying strengths and skills that are relevant to advancing or shifting careers.
The critical response process provides a structured approach to gain appropriate and helpful feedback on an artistic project in development.