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:
Fees: Cost per Session: $150 - $200
Pay By: Cash, Paypal, Venmo
Accepted Insurance Plans
Out of Network
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


New York, New York 10013

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My Approach to Helping

I offer talk psychotherapy, art therapy and wellness coaching for adults seeking to make proactive changes in therapy to experience a better quality of life. I believe that people are experts in their own lives and that we develop unique coping strategies over the years to help us navigate important relationships and experiences. I work with people to better understand themselves and to grow greater self-compassion and empathy. I view therapy as an important aspect of personal self-care and wellness. I assist people in finding a healthier work-life balance and enjoy more satisfying life, work and relationships.

My practice is a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals from all backgrounds and life experiences in search of support. 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.

I work with people to positively manage overwhelming periods of stress or anxiety in their life. Many of my clients are seeking a better understanding of their complex feelings and reactions to life’s stressors or would like help navigating challenging personal relationships in work, family or intimate relationships. I assist people in finding a healthier worklife balance and have a better quality of life.

Together, we will work to reduce overwhelming symptoms of anxiety and depression, or process a difficult or traumatic experience. I offer both talk psychotherapy and arts-based therapy services, depending on your preference, which we will discuss together to make sure that therapy feels safe and comfortable for 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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adult Psychotherapy
    Young adults
    LGBTQ+ affirming
    Relationship Issues
    Self Esteem
    Coping Skills
    Trauma and PTSD
    Family Conflict
    Suicidal Ideation
    Chronic Pain

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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