Aaron  Shragge

Aaron Shragge

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Music Therapist - Board Certified, MT-BC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Upper West Side practice (updated November 13, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Aaron Shragge is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with an office in the Upper West Side of Manhattan specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, mindfulness, and addiction. Drawing from personal experience as a performer, his practice integrates traditional talk therapy with creative expression. He is passionate about using creative art mediums to help clients naturally express themselves and release distressing emotions.

Aaron uses a unique combination of music and verbal psychotherapy to explore challenging emotions, promote personal growth, and help clients achieve their goals. For clients recovering from trauma, in particular, he especially enjoys using music therapy in a safe and supportive environment to facilitate healing even when words are difficult to find.

Aaron welcomes young adults, adults, and couples to his practice. Having had extensive experience working at an HIV clinic, he has a special interest in working with individuals navigating the emotional impact of addiction and mental illness. His practice is located steps from the 72nd Street Broadway subway station.


Message to clients

Creative practices can often be a safer and more direct way of expressing, experiencing and understanding the most challenging emotions. I'm a creative arts therapist who has been working in clinical settings in the NYC area for over five years. I integrate my experience as a performer in Jazz, improvised and World music as well as my zen practice of over ten years into a unique and effective approach to therapy. Using both verbal psychotherapy and creative art mediums in a safe and supportive environment I work to guide the therapeutic process towards achieving a client's unique goals.

I specialize in working with clients whom depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, trauma, loss and coping with medical illness such as HIV. I also specialize in providing therapeutic music lessons that can address performance anxiety and stress injuries. No previous musical experience required.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Addictions - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Mindfulness - Bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $135
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $135

Location(s)

Upper West Side practice

2067 Broadway

Suite 25

New York, NY 10023

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 2:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thu 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Harlem United, Music Therapist, 2013 - Present

New York University, MA in Music Therapy, 2013


Languages

  • English
  • French

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