Elissaveta  Iordanova

Elissaveta Iordanova

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Master of Fine Arts, MFA Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, BC-DMT Master of Science, MS
New York Accepting Online
Updated September 11, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress management
  • Artists' mental health
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions affect our health, guide our relationships and daily lives. These invisible processes are subconscious, but often manifested in conscious choices and decisions. Often, we create our own dramas. Those wide variety of emotional or behavioral problems can be re-visited and transformed with the right support, personal action, and loving patience…

I believe, expressive psychotherapy engages the wholesome Mind-Body-Soul agency. Creativity and expression are essential requirements for children’s development and adolescents’ growth, so expressive psychotherapy approach is perfectly suitable for children as well.

I uniquely customize talk therapy, breathing techniques, guided imagery, gentle movement/dance, play therapy, creative writing, collage making, and reflection, all to your specific needs in order to resolve the root causes of behavioral patterns and emotional conflicts. The interactive and multi-module interventions help the gaining of insights to specific struggles. Through creative process in non-judgmental environment, you will be supported to identify and express hidden emotions, and to foster mindful physical, mental, and emotional heath.

Movement and other creative expression involve the totality of body, mind and soul in order to re-build well-being.


Message to clients

If you are willing to empathically embrace your present life and ready to activate your physical, mental and creative self - you certainly can improve your emotional landscape and improve your well-being. I am here to assist you by providing a safe, supportive and mindful space for your journey of healing. Together, we will re-define your feelings, collaboratively nurture your self-awareness and esteem, establish some goals, and encourage new dreams. In this process of a meaningful, client-centered interaction, I believe you can establish a new relationship to self, awareness to others, and build skills to better manifest your ever-changing life. I wish to inspire those changes you might need in order to lead a thriving life.

The various activities during therapy sessions will address issues from a creative/expressive angle together with intellectual/thinking/talking perspective. This integrative approach using mindfulness, movement, imagery, art making, visualization and verbalization can develop from simple to more complex - "being in the experience" and embodied present moments. These processes are guided and structured by me, or completely self-directed as therapy progresses, and you are ready to do so. You ARE when you move, create and express.

My approach is based on my strong belief in each client’s potential and ability to move from, through and beyond personal traumas and emotional pain in a clear direction of present, and more meaningful life.

Joy, as a basic emotion, can be harvested daily, if you don’t give up on your becoming!


Specialties

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

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

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

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $165 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $145 - $165
  • Initial session: $220 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $185 (55min)
  • Group sessions: $50 (45min)
  • Family sessions: $200 (55min)

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
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • As needed
Therapist's note

Students may apply for reduced fee


Location(s)

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 3-5pm
  • Tue 10-2pm and 5-7pm
  • Wed 3-5pm
  • Thu 10-2pm and 5-7pm
  • Fri 2-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

InspiredCreative Arts Therapy, Creative Arts Therapist, 2016 - Present
Maimonides Medical Center, Dance/Movement Therapist, 2016 - 2020

Sarah Lawrence College, M.S, 2015
Sarah Lawrence college, MFA, 2000
National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, MA, 1995


Licensure

New York: 002141-1


Languages

Bulgarian

English