Anna  Stephenson
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Anna Stephenson

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Creative Arts Therapist Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Updated October 20, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Childhood trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders

Professional statement

Anna Stephenson is licensed creative arts therapist and certified child life specialist who welcomes kids, teens, and adults to her fully online (and fully awesome!) private practice. Anna’s approach to therapy is playful, creative, open-minded, and kind. Her first priority when starting with a new client is building a therapeutic relationship and ensuring that clients feel safe and heard while sharing their story with her.

A trauma-informed therapist whose clinical background involved working with patients and families in children’s hospitals, Anna is particularly tuned into to those navigating medical journeys (of themselves or loved ones), loss, life transitions, depression and anxiety. Anna helps clients unravel how their past experiences might be influencing present challenges, and gently guides them as they reframe the narrative to disrupt old patterns of being with self-confidence and compassion.

Change can be uncomfortable. When talking about painful experiences feels too overwhelming or vulnerable for clients, Anna finds that processing these subjects using art, writing, music, or metaphor can feel safer while still yielding powerful results. Kids and teens can especially benefit from more creative or play based interventions to gain insight and relief when in therapy. Anna’s training in both the humanistic and creative arts therapy approaches means that she centers the client’s perspective and supports them in understanding and expressing their truest selves without judgment - whether they are “creative people” or not.

Anna’s clients, like you, deserve joy. Even when things are hard.


Message to clients

Hey! Thanks for clicking on my profile. My name is Anna, and I’m a cisgendered straight white woman. My hair is (usually) pink and my tattoos are of fairy tales and greek myths. I have a very dramatic cat named Sylvia whom I adore. I named her after a character I once performed in a play, not Sylvia Plath (why does everyone think that?! lol). My husband is an immigrant, and together the three of us have lived in New York City, Atlanta, and Lisbon, Portugal.

I truly love my work because I have lost and struggled just like you and my clients have. As a teenager I witnessed loved ones get sick and die, and then spent years trying to fill my grief gap on my own. I self-sabotaged in relationships with friends and betrayed myself in romantic relationships over and over again while blaming it on my (or their) zodiac sign. I couldn’t figure out why I was so afraid of being abandoned that I was willing to abandon myself.

If you're looking for change too, I would be delighted to support you along the way.


Specialties

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

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

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Anna Stephenson is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Individual sessions (1 hr): $175 (60min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Persephatta Psychotherapy , Telehealth Psychotherapist , 2021 - Present
NYU Langone Health: Hassenfeld Children's Hospital , Child Life Specialist & Creative Arts Therapist, 2017 - 2021

New York University , MA Drama Therapy, 2017


Licensure

New York: 002595


Languages

English