Elissa Arbeitman is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Process Painting Facilitator.
She specializes in anxiety and stress management, self-esteem, life transitions, women’s mental health, identity development and self-compassion.
Elissa loves working with women who are navigating a major life transition but are finding themselves exhausted by their inner critic, constantly judging themselves to the point of being stuck, always feeling pressure to produce, perform and succeed, disconnected from themselves and bored or shut down from their creative self.
Many of the women Elissa works with come out of therapy saying that they have a new, positive relationship with their inner critic, feel heard, validated and understood, have a renewed sense of who they are and who they want to be and have found their voice and feel comfortable using it.
One distinctive aspect of Elissa’s approach is that she is passionate about using the creative arts to help children, adolescents and women cope, heal and grow. She believes creativity has a playful, joyful, intuitive side to it and brings this into sessions as well.
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.
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:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
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.
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
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