Elissa  Arbeitman

Elissa Arbeitman

Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, ATR-BC

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients for daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in online (NY & NJ) and in-person (NJ) practices (updated June 3, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Women's mental health
  • Identity development
  • Shame
  • Self-compassion
  • Creative professionals

Professional statement

Elissa Arbeitman is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and owner of Wild and Free Painting, a nourishing and comfortable space created just for women. It’s a respite you can come to where you are encouraged to leave the expectation to produce, perform and succeed behind. In this space you are invited to take off the masks and the stories that have been handed down to you and instead create your own path.

Ultimately, Elissa's purpose is for you to feel complete acceptance for who you are. She does her best work with self doubting women who are exhausted by their inner critic, constantly judging themselves to the point of being stuck, feel disconnected from their true selves, always feel pressure to produce, perform and succeed, are in transition, stressed, anxious, lonely or shut down from their creative self. Elissa's passion is in empowering women to uncover their authentic voice in order to create a life filled with deeper meaning.

Elissa has seen countless positive shifts in women once they find a space where they feel heard, validated and understood. Through intimate process painting groups or creative individual sessions you will feel empowered to discover a new space within, filled with respect, acceptance and compassion for who you are and as a result live a life of more meaning and connection.

Elissa earned a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Michigan, holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from New York University, is a Registered, Board-Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) by the Art Therapy Credentials Board and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) by the State of New York.

Message to clients

Think about how wonderful it would feel if you weren't stuck in an endless cycle of inner critique, judgement and analysis and instead you could finally feel comfortable in your own skin. I help self doubting women stop their inner critic and start accepting themselves with compassion so they can feel more confident and connected. I provide a nourishing environment where you will feel comfortable creating and discussing the struggles and challenges you are facing.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Women's mental health - Expertise in working with adult women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health

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

Shame - Decreasing shame and guilt; boosting self-esteem

Self-compassion - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Creative professionals - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

General expertise


Elissa Arbeitman 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: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Therapist's note

Please note that due to NJ laws for Art Therapy, health insurance out-of-network benefits cannot currently be used at this time; clients are responsible for the full session fee.

For NY clients, Elissa can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Manalapan practice

660 Tennent Road

Suite 106

Manalapan Township, NJ 07726

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (NY) practice
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Please inquire for hours

Work and Education

Private practice, 2007 - Present
Youth Consultation Services, 2006-2007
Bergen County Special Services School District & Division of Family Guidance, 2003-2006
New York University, MA in Art Therapy, 2003
University of Michigan, BFA, 1999


  • English

Therapy Groups

Elissa  Arbeitman
Process Painting Group for Women

Join a community of creative women where you can nourish your creativity, foster self-care, and quiet your inner critic with this online process-oriented painting group.

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