Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for morning, afternoon, evening, & daytime appointments in NoMad practice (updated May 26, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

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.


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/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


General expertise


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 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

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.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

NoMad practice

39 West 32nd Street

Suite 1502

New York, NY 10001

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, Provided group and individual therapy, mental health crisis interventions, and treatment planning to adults and adolescents, 2012-2019
New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Services, Outpatient, Primary Psychotherapist, Provided individual psychotherapy sessions to adults, adolescents, children and families, 2011-2012
HeartShare Human Services, Family Preventative Services, Case Planner - Creative Arts Therapist - Parenting Journey Group Leader, providing care to families at risk for foster care placement, 2010 - 2011
The Center for Somatic Studies in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, 2-year post graduate training program, 2019
The Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, Post Graduate Clinical Fellowship in Gestalt Psychotherapy, 2016

The School of Visual Arts, Masters in Creative Arts Therapy, 2010
The Hallmark School of Photography, Certificate, 2005
Tufts University, Undergraduate, 2004


Languages

  • English
  • Spanish


Professional endorsements

Marissa McMillin, LCSW, Private Practice

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.

Susan Tansil, MD

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

Stephanie Syfert, ATR-BC, LCAT, Private Practice

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.


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