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Cris Maria Fort Garcés LCAT

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VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsCash Pay Only
Headshot of Cris Fort Garcés Licensed Creative Arts Therapist

General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Thursdayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Fridayfrom 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

What does a first session with you look like?

If you decide to move forward with us, you will be given a dedicated time slot and a HIPPA protected Zoom link to begin your weekly 45-minute telehealth or coaching sessions. You will also be connected to our portal where you can view and sign our practice forms. Our first session will be blend of a session and an intake to make sure forms and pertinent information is shared by both the client and therapist. You might be wondering, “how should I prepare for my first session with you?” There is no need to prepare anything. Therapy is an exploration of the self. Let’s get to know you just as you are. If you do want to prepare, please bring art supplies and any other healing tools you'd like to be part of therapy. We’d also love to hear about what you want to get out of therapy and your ideas about what therapy is or can be. It may also be supportive (but not necessary) to consider the following: 1. You're curiosity will be your biggest ally. 2. Staying with and reporting on your present moment experiences 3. Sharing your honest reactions to creative experiments in mindfulness, especially if you don't like how something feels or if you simply don't want to do something - often a great exploration can come from this. 4. Allowing your reactions to happen as much as you safely can 5. Some willingness to experience uncomfortable feelings

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

If any of this sounds like you, we might be a great fit: Are You: -Feeling lonely, sad, or depressed? -Recovering from trauma or abuse? -Going through a difficult life transition? -Struggling with daily anxiety & fears? -Living with shame & deeply negative self-talk? -Engaging in & repeating unhealthy patterns of behavior? -Having trouble identifying your needs & getting them met? -Having difficulty setting limits or establishing boundaries? -Wanting to show up with more vulnerability & trust? -Wanting to access your voice & improve your communication with others? At Creative Now Therapy, we believe that healing begins by being with what isn't working, using less judgment, & the addition of curiosity. This is easier said than done, takes courage, & practice. In fact, we've likely built walls & weaved important stories that may contradict this way of healing but were necessary to keep us emotionally safe as children. Blending mindfulness, somatic approaches, & creative explorations, we'll honor these walls & stories while safely shifting them into what feels most authentic. Paradoxically your difficult feelings and experiences are the doorways to access & support the resources within yourself. Consider this metaphor… In being with what is, we begin to turn on the lights in a dark room. With this illumination, we get to decide if we want to stay in the room, change the furniture around, open a window, or leave the room entirely to explore others. Ultimately, this process will enhance your ability to get your needs met, make better choices, move more easily through your shifting experience, & life’s uncertainty. It can support you in feeling safer in yourself and your body. We'd love to be a part of helping you feel more alive and excited about your life.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

We blend Somatic, Gestalt, and Creative arts therapy to generate a dynamic, holistic, and experiential therapy that focuses on your present moment experience and encourages our natural movement toward creativity, spontaneity, and growth. Sometimes "thinking" or "talking" about problems is not enough, and a deeper level of experience and creativity is needed to get to the heart of a difficult situation. Alongside talk therapy, we help people connect to their inner resources by bringing attention to how their bodies and emotions mix with their beliefs and thoughts. We’ll uncover the patterns, habits, beliefs, and blocks contributing to stress and interfering with your satisfaction. By using the creative process with an emphasis on the here and now, you can find a supportive environment to heal within yourself. Clients often find that the creative and experiential process gets to the essence of what's happening and promotes self-awareness, esteem, and insight. Creative Now Therapy is a name inspired by the power of the present moment and how important this mode and way of being is in life and in therapy. It is a reminder for the therapists here at Creative Now Therapy to always return to this place as a way to heal, be, and explore.

Identity

Gender

Non-binary / Genderfluid, Woman, Transgender, Cisgender

Ethnicity

Latinx, Black/African American, White, Asian-American

Faith

Indigenous American Religions

Group Identities

BIPOC, LGBTQIA+

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Life transitions

Trauma

General Expertise

Relationship Issues

Loss/Grief

Sexuality Based Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Adolescent mental health

Artists' mental health

Attachment issues

Child mental health

Fees

First Session$125
Marriage & Couples Counseling$200
Individual Therapy$125

Types of Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling

Individual Therapy

Clientele

Parents

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Art Therapy

Culturally Sensitive Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Creative Art Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy

Training / Certifications

Gestalt Psychotherapy Certified, Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in NYC, 4 year post graduate Clinical Fellowship

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Certified, Center for Somatic Studies in NYC, 4 years of post graduate training

Energy Medicine Practitioner, Four Winds Society, 400 hours of training in earth based Andean indigenous practices

Certified Professional Coach, Leadership That Works

Licensure

  • New York, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, 001500

Education

The School of Visual Arts, Master of Professional Studies, Creative Arts Therapy, 2010

Work History

Psychotherapist Lavender Roland Waring, LCAT, before joining Creative Now Therapy: I have seven years of experience working with LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness and with domestic violence survivors and their children. I also have 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents in after-school programming. My work has focused on crisis counseling, building coping skills for somatic responses to trauma, gender identity embodiment and affirmation, navigating multiple diagnoses specifically trauma, mood, & dissociative disorders, and sifting through race-related trauma. Training / Experience: - I hold a master’s degree (MPS) in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts and I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. - I co-presented at Gender Conference NYC on the use of art therapy in identity exploration for TGNC youth. - I am a group facilitator at the Gender & Family Project within the Ackerman Institute, for a monthly trans tweens social group. - I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where I conducted 3 years of research on memory and PTSD. -To schedule a consultation or session, please reach out to Lavender at: [email protected] Psychotherapist Autumn Potter, LCAT, before joining Creative Now Therapy: I've worked with adults and children (including preschool-age, refugee youth, and adolescents) as a teacher, therapist, and art educator for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including 5 years as a teacher in public and private schools. This has greatly informed my ability to engage clients safely and with compassion and provide excellent coordination with caregivers and family. I also have experience developing curricula that provide multi-sensory experiences, allowing me to deliver art therapy interventions that are both engaging and individually tailored. I spent a year training in an adult inpatient psych unit and another year with children and adolescents with major mental health diagnoses, treating the underlying trauma that often accompanies them. During the pandemic, I led a creative arts therapy group with older adults (65+) to provide them with support and community. Training / Experience: - Nationally Art Therapy Registered + Board Certified, ATR-BC. Licensed to practice Creative Arts Therapy in New York State. - Certified in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, DSP, through the Center for Somatic Studies in New York. - Masters in Creative Arts Therapy through The School of Visual Arts, graduating with high honors and a recipient of the Ray Levine Award. - I collaborate with the Making Headway Foundation to support families with children who have brain and spinal cord tumors with Creative Arts Therapy. - Ongoing learning and supervision in Somatic and Art psychotherapy with Cris at Creative Now Therapy. -To schedule a consultation or session, please reach out to Autumn Potter at: [email protected] Psychotherapist Cris Fort Garcés, LCAT, before creating Creative Now Therapy: I have 15 years of experience working as a therapist in a variety of settings. I’ve spent years specializing in using Somatic (body mindfulness), Gestalt, Creative Arts Therapy, & Transformational Coaching interventions alongside traditional talk therapy. Before creating Creative Now Therapy in 2016, I spent many years working with major mental health diagnoses including: psychotic disorders, mood disorders, & other experiences of mental health crisis. This also means treating the traumas often a part of these experiences; neglect, sexual, & physical abuse, drug use, marginalization, leaving your country of origin, & more. For 7+ years, I facilitated groups for adults who have schizophrenia or identify as voice-hearers on an inpatient psychiatric unit. This work has informed my compassion, curiosity, & appreciation for the vast array of our human experiences, no matter how alternative they may seem. Before my work at the hospital, I supported Spanish-speaking families in navigating & connecting to New York City services. I also spent time providing creative arts therapy to families, adolescents, & children at an outpatient Medicaid clinic. I am deeply grateful for how these experiences have enhanced my understanding of the systems we are impacted by in the United States. Training / Education: - I'm licensed to practice psychotherapy in New York State and nationally Art Therapy Registered & Board Certified (ATR-BC) by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA: www.arttherapy.org) via Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB: www.atcb.org). - I hold a Master in Creative Arts Therapy (MPS) from the School of Visual Arts (www.sva.edu). - Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist through the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy (www.gestaltassociates.org), a 4-year post-graduate clinical fellowship program. - Certified in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP), completing 4-years of additional post-graduate training at the Center for Somatic Studies (www.somaticstudies.com) in New York. - I've completed year 1, Level 1 training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy (www.hakomiinstitute.com), a 2-year post-graduate certification. I am currently training in Level 2. - Certified Professional Coach through the program “Coaching for Transformation,” a Leadership that Works program. (www.leadershipthatworks.com). They are accredited by the International Coaching Federation. - Certified Energy Medicine Practioner through The Four Winds Society, a 400-hour training in Andean indigenous & earth-based practices. - Prior to my career as a psychotherapist, I received a Bachelor’s from Tufts University & completed a commercial & studio photography program at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. -To schedule a consultation or session, please reach out to Cris at: [email protected]

Online Therapy

Office at 280 Soper Road, Ulster Park, NY

Frequently Asked Questions About Cris Fort Garcés, LCAT

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Cris Fort Garcés, LCAT, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Cris Fort Garcés accepting new clients?

Yes, Cris Fort Garcés is accepting new clients for online therapy in New York and in-person appointments at 280 Soper Road, Ulster Park, NY, 12487.

Does Cris Fort Garcés accept insurance?

No, Cris Fort Garcés does not accept insurance.

What types of therapy does Cris Fort Garcés offer?

Cris Fort Garcés offers therapy for couples and individuals.

Does Cris Fort Garcés offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Cris Fort Garcés offers in-person appointments at 280 Soper Road, Ulster Park, NY, 12487.

Does Cris Fort Garcés offer online therapy?

Yes, Cris Fort Garcés offers online therapy via video sessions to people in New York.

How quickly can I see Cris Fort Garcés?

Cris Fort Garcés typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Cris Fort Garcés speak?

Cris Fort Garcés conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Cris Fort Garcés online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Cris Fort Garcés online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.

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