Elissa  Arbeitman

Elissa Arbeitman

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist, ATR-BC
New York, New Jersey Accepting Online
Manalapan Accepting In-person
Updated November 24, 2020

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 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.


Message to clients

Sessions with me include a masterful blend of art making, self-compassion exercises, guided conversation, and creative expression. I welcome clients with a full range of experience engaging their creativity, from creative professionals to those who haven't touched art supplies since high school. By creating an environment that is free of pressure and expectation, clients are able to tap into their creative mind and gain insight into their truest self. Ultimately, my purpose is for you to feel complete acceptance for who you are and to help you live a life filled with deeper meaning and connection. If this resonates with you please reach out to me. I would love to find out if we connect and to see how I can help support you on your journey.


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

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)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
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.


Location(s)

Manalapan practice
660 Tennent Road, Suite 106, Manalapan Township, NJ 07726
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • 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 Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm
  • Wed 9:30am-2:30pm
  • Thu 9:30am-2:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • 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

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


Languages

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.