Elyssa  Kreimendahl

Elyssa Kreimendahl

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Murray Hill practice (updated November 14, 2019)

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments in Beacon practice (updated November 14, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA and sexuality topics
  • Trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity development
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships

Professional statement

Elyssa Kreimendahl is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with offices in Midtown Manhattan and Beacon, New York. She also sees clients remotely via phone or video sessions. Elyssa specializes in trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, identity development, self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties/relationships. She is passionate about working with queer and transgender individuals and couples. She takes special care in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, helping them work through feelings of isolation and shame, and navigate difficult life experiences.

Elyssa’s approach is eclectic and tailored to the needs of her clients. She works psychodynamically and relationally, incorporating elements of mindfulness, existential therapy, and drama therapy. She believes it's fundamental to understand the world from her clients' perspective, and to collaboratively work toward a life of greater meaning, freedom and fulfillment, whatever that looks like for each individual person.

Warm and nonjudgmental, Elyssa is committed to building an LGBTQIA-affirming and trauma-informed practice for clients to feel safe and openly speak their mind. She particularly enjoys working with artists and creative folks of all kinds, and engages them in understanding and processing the impact of early life events and self-conception on the creative process. Her midtown office is located steps away from Grand Central.


Message to clients

Therapy is not about being fixed, as if you're some broken thing. To me, it's about recovering from suffering, and connecting deeply and authentically to yourself, allowing for your thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams. It can be difficult to begin a new therapy relationship and be vulnerable, especially when relationships have been harmful in the past. I think taking the risk anyway reflects an inherent pull toward repairing the old wounds that restrict our capacity to live freely and joyfully. I love working with LGBTQIA folks, relationships, trauma and abuse, and difficulties with shame, self-love and acceptance.
I provide psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and relational psychotherapy. We'll collaboratively explore and process the impact of the past on the present, as well as tackle current difficulties. Creative arts therapy and drama therapy approaches can also be integrated into the therapy process, based on client interest and need.
My style is warm, nonjudgmental, playful and curious. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is central to the process. I aim to create an open space in which you can feel heard, cared for, and free to be your full self in all its messy, imperfect human complexity.


Specialties

LGBTQIA and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

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

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $200 (45min)

Location(s)

Murray Hill practice

280 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Beacon practice

320 Main Street

Beacon, NY 12508

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2014 - Present

Post Traumatic Stress Center, 2012 - 2014

Bellevue Hospital, 2011 - 2012

Gladman Mental Rehabilitation Center, 2009 - 2011

Graduate of the Institute for Developmental Transformations, 2014

California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters of Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Drama Therapy, 2009

Boston University, Film Studies, 2003


Languages

  • English

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