Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Cristina Maria Fort Garcés

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in NoMad practice (updated January 10, 2020)

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

Our pain can be difficult to approach and move through, leaving us overwhelmed, stuck, or numb. My therapeutic style is grounded in the process of self-discovery through embodied attunement. This process facilitates integration and self-acceptance in order to move into growth: greater ease with the unfamiliar, healthy risk taking, and intentional choice making. Our work together may include traditional talk therapy, art making, movement, body awareness, dream work and role play. Feelings and sensations are your inner resources, therefore, I will support and challenge you in taking responsibility for your growth through your embodied experience.


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


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: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

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.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

NoMad practice

39 West 32nd Street

Suite 1502

New York, NY 10001

  • Mon 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tue 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Wed 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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


  • 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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