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.
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
Elissa Arbeitman is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
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.
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
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.