Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

she/they

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
New York Accepting Online
Updated April 26, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity issues
  • Existential concerns
  • Gestalt/Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Creative Arts Psychotherapy

Professional statement

Welcome to Creative Now Therapy. Our therapists are: Cristina - she/they, Autumn - she/her, and Ariel - they/them. We believe you can live your life more fully - that you can become more comfortable with the uncertain and that you can take those risky steps forward into an ever-shifting landscape.

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

Creative Now Therapy offers talk therapy, expressive arts therapy, and body-centered psychotherapy to help you tap into core issues. We believe through creative interventions and attending to your body you can generate a fuller understanding of your struggles in order to enact behavior change and growth.

For over 10 years, Cristina, Gestalt-Somatic-Art Psychotherapist & Coach, has specialized in using somatic and creative interventions to approach adults experiencing & depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and communication skills. Creative Arts Psychotherapist, Autumn Potter, is an expert with children, adolescents & young adults. Additionally, Autumn has close to a decade of experience working as a teacher and actor. This has informed her ability to engage people safely and with compassion in the creative process. Licensed Creative Arts Psychotherapist, Ariel Roland Waring, works individually with children, adolescents, and adults. Ariel specializes in working with folks who have experienced: trauma and/or abuse, are dealing with depression & anxiety, need assistance navigating non-monogamous relationships, and want to explore gender identity & sexuality. They prioritize BIPOC clients who identify as queer, trans, or gender non-conforming, and/or disabled.


Message to clients

Creative Now Therapy offers a culturally sensitive and safe space where your complexity is valued and respected. Discovering, recovering, and welcoming, your whole self, is promoted, so you can approach your life with more fluidity and fullness. As psychotherapists specialized in somatic and creative approaches, we 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.


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

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/Somatic 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




Clientele

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

Insurance

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 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Creative Now Therapy can offer you help with contacting your insurance to determine what your out of network benefits are. They can also provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you seek out-of-network reimbursement.


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
  • Mon 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Creative Now Therapy, Owner and Psychotherapist, 2016 - Present
Kings County Hospital Center, Health Plus Hospitals Corporations, Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Care Creative Arts Therapist, 2012 - 2019
The Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy Clinic, Outpatient Primary Psychotherapist, 2013 - 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 Somatic Pychotherapy Training Program II, 2021
Coaching For Transformation - Leadership That Works, Certified Professional Coach, 2020
The Center for Somatic Studies in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, 2-Year Post-Graduate Somatic Pychotherapy Training Program I, 2019
Gestalt Associates For Psychotherapy - Post Graduate 4-year Psychotherapy Training, Certified Gestalt Pychotherapist, 2016
The School of Visual Arts, Masters in Creative Arts Therapy, 2010
The Hallmark School of Photography, Certificate, 2005
Tufts University, Undergraduate, 2004


Licensure

New York: 001500


Languages

English

Spanish


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