Cristina Maria Fort Garcés is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist at CristinaMaria Psychotherapy in Midtown South, Manhattan. 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. Cristina particularly enjoys working with adults and adolescents to find creative and self-identified ways to expand their ability to hold and express emotion, thus strengthening and developing coping skills.
Cristina’s approach to therapy is holistic, using mindfulness and creative interventions to enhance clients’ ability to get their needs met and to make choices with more awareness and agency. She assists clients in tuning into their bodies, beliefs, and patterns in order to increase their ability to stay present and move more ably through difficult life circumstances. This process also supports opening up to more freedom, fluidity and possibility.
Cristina offers the option of expressive art making and body-centered psychotherapy alongside talk therapy to help clients tap into the core issues that can be difficult to put into words. She believes that through creative interventions and attending to somatic experience that clients can generate a fuller understanding of their internal and interpersonal struggles in order to move into new behaviors and growth.
Cristina offers a safe and welcoming environment in which clients are encouraged to bring their whole selves. Cristina hopes that through self-exploration and discovery, clients can ultimately grow, reaching healthier versions of themselves. She offers sessions in both English and Spanish in her practice, a ten-minute walk from Penn Station.