Lauren Smith

LCAT, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

Lauren Smith

LCAT, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Creative Arts Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Secondary Credential: Licensed Professional Art Therapist - CAT0212851
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
Fees: Cost per Session: $150 - $200
Pay By: Cash, Paypal, Venmo
Accepted Insurance Plans
Out of Network
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

New York, New York 10013

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My Approach to Helping

All therapy services are provided via telehealth.

Many of my clients come to me for support in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, or in processing a difficult or traumatic experience. A lot of clients are coping with additional stress due to the pandemic. I work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and approach our work together from a compassionate and non-judgemental place. Both talk psychotherapy and arts-based therapy services provided, depending on your preference. Meeting with a therapist you trust can help you explore and problem-solve issues in your life and relationships that always seem to pop up when you least expect them.

My practice is a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences in search of support. As an integrative therapist, I bring a variety of tools to our work: verbal or talk-based therapy; art and creative expression, relaxation, and mindfulness. My goal is to create paths together towards well-being, healing, and growth.

Many people seek therapy as a personal wellness approach to maintain a sense of balance, creativity, perspective and connection, and to seek acceptance of themselves and others. It's normal to seek support at various times in our lives - whether in times of calm or crisis. I invite you to email me or call when you feel ready. I look forward to meeting you.

More Info About My Practice

What is Creative Arts Therapy?

Creative Arts Therapists are specially-trained, mental health professionals who carry licenses and or certifications in the state where they practice.

There are so many different types of therapists out there, so why choose an art therapist? No matter whether you identify as an artist or creative person, every human has the natural ability to create. Creating is how we first learn to communicate as children and how we learn to solve problems at every stage of our lives. Many times, our personal experiences are simply too difficult or painful to put into words and what we are left with is a hard-to-explain feeling or sense of confusion, loss or anxiety. A licensed art psychotherapist can use your unique creative process to help you explore the aspects of your experience or self that are just out of reach and hard to explain verbally. Many times art therapists incorporate both art and verbal talk therapy when working with individuals and families. People choose to explore art materials in therapy as an opportunity for self-reflection or relaxation or as a way to safely release tension. They may also work with their therapist to use art materials, imagery, writing or personal photographs to explore important parts of their identity in a confidential space.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

I'm so glad that you are seeking support. The most important part of finding a therapist is connecting with someone you can trust and someone with whom you can build a relationship. Good therapy is about the relationship. A good therapist is someone who will provide a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore your own personal goals at your own pace. A good therapist will respect your boundaries, and will never push you to explore content that feels too overwhelming or unsafe. I work collaboratively with my clients to develop strong communication skills, boost self-esteem and create reliable coping strategies to deal with life's stressors. I look forward to working with you!

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I view therapy as an important aspect of personal self-care and wellness. We all go through challenging experiences in our lifetime, and many of us have experienced hardship during our early years. These difficult experiences have given us unique perspectives on how we cope with challenges and form relationships. Seeking support through therapy does not mean you are flawed or broken. It means that you are compassionately taking care of yourself and setting up the necessary supports to experience success in many areas of your life. It's OK and important to ask for help.

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Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Women
    Transkids
    LGBTQ+ affirming
    Chronic Illness
    Chronic Pain
    Coping Skills
    Family Conflict
    Grief
    Relationship Issues
    Self Esteem
    Self-Harming
    Suicidal Ideation
    Trauma and PTSD
    Adult Psychotherapy
    Young adults
    Professionals
    Bereavement

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Confidence
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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