Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
New York Waitlist Online
NoMad Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 5, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity issues
  • Existential concerns
  • Gestalt/body psychotherapy
  • Creative arts psychotherapy

Professional statement

*Creative Now Therapy is offering online/video sessions at this time.*

Welcome to Creative Now Therapy. Cristina is interested and excited to know you. She believes you can live your life more fully - that you can become more comfortable with the uncertain, that you can support yourself through difficult experiences, and that you can take those risky steps forward into an ever shifting landscape. Her philosophy and practice are grounded in the process of self-discovery through our present moment experience, creativity, and our body’s wisdom.

Creative Now Therapy's approach is holistic, using mindfulness and creative interventions to enhance your ability to get your needs met and to make choices with more awareness and agency. Cristina will safely guide you in tuning into your body, beliefs, and patterns to support you in developing greater emotional presence/tolerance and to help you in moving more fluidly through difficult life circumstances.

For the past 10 years Cristina has specialized in using somatic (body based) and creative interventions to approach depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, life transitions and strengthening interpersonal communication. She particularly enjoys working with adults and adolescents to find creative and self-identified ways to help expand people's emotional and behavioral repertoire.

Creative Now Therapy offers talk psychotherapy, expressive art therapy, and body-centered psychotherapy to help you tap into core issues. We believe through creative interventions and attending to somatic experiences (body sensations) you can generate a fuller understanding of struggles in order enact behavior change and growth. Cristina also offers sessions in both English and Spanish.

*In March 2020, Autumn Potter, Creative Arts Therapist, will be joining Creative Now Therapy as a limited permit therapist supervised by Cristina. Her expertise and focus is with children and adolescents. Autumn is also offering sliding scale rates to adults. Autumn has close to a decade of experience working as a teacher and this has greatly informed her ability to engage children safely and with compassion.

Message to clients

Creative Now Therapy offers a culturally sensitive and safe space where your complexity is valued. Discovering, recovering, and welcoming, your whole self, is promoted, so you can approach your life with more fluidity and fullness. As a psychotherapist specialized in somatic and creative approaches, I will guide you through difficult life transitions mindfully and holistically. We will tune into your body, beliefs, and patterns to find creative and self-identified ways to expand your ability to manage and express your emotions, and improve your relationship to yourself and others.


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

Identity issues - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values

Existential concerns - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Gestalt/body psychotherapy - Teaching the practice of present moment awareness through non-judgmental observation of the mind and body

Creative arts psychotherapy - Using art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem


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


Cristina Fort Garcés is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

At Creative Now Therapy, Cristina can contact your insurance to see what your out of network benefits are. She can also provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


NoMad practice
39 West 32nd Street, Suite 1502, New York, NY 10001
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sun 9:00am-5:00pm

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sun 9:00am-5:00pm

Work and Education

Kings County Hospital Center, Health Plus Hospitals Corporations, Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Care Creative Arts Therapist, 2012 - 2019
The Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Clinical Fellowship in Gestalt Psychotherapy, 2016
New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Services, Outpatient Primary Psychotherapist, 2011 - 2012
HeartShare Human Services, Family Preventative Services, Case Planner, 2010 - 2011
HeartShare Human Services, Family Preventative Services, Creative Arts Therapist, 2010 - 2011
HeartShare Human Services, Family Preventative Services, Parenting Journey Group Leader, 2010 - 2011

The Center for Somatic Studies in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, 2-Year Post-Graduate Training Program, 2019
The School of Visual Arts, Masters in Creative Arts Therapy, 2010
The Hallmark School of Photography, Certificate, 2005
Tufts University, Undergraduate, 2004




Professional endorsements

"Cristina’s attunement is just as palpable with clients as her interest in supporting growth. Cristina strongly believes in the work she’s doing and creates space for clients to be themselves, and to find new ways to express themselves. I refer clients to her for anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, loss/grief, identity issues, addiction, and self esteem issues."

- Marissa McMillin, LCSW, Private Practice • December 2019

"Cristina is compassionate, energetic and is great at finding creative solutions to nearly any problem. "

- Susan Tansil, MD • December 2019

"Cristina has extensive training and experience working with a diverse population of patients/clients. Her specializations in art therapy and gestalt therapy make her uniquely qualified to become part of this special community of skilled therapists. She is proactive in learning new approaches and expanding her repertoire in order to provide the highest quality of care for her clients."

- Stephanie Syfert, ATR-BC, LCAT, Private Practice • December 2019