Isabella Christodoulou is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor located in New Orleans, LA. She is also Licensed in Florida. Isabella specializes in helping creatives move through blocks that hold them back from self-expression. Many of her clients struggle emotionally when they feel like they no longer have the energy nor the inspiration to create their art. Other clients who do not identify themselves as artists may be curious about exploring their creativity. In either case, clients often feel stuck, stagnant, afraid to go further with their art. This could be the result of a traumatic experience or a great loss or series of losses. It may stem from familial or cultural prohibitions. Isabella supports her clients as they reconnect with their inner truth and address underlying issues and maladaptive coping strategies manifesting as addictions, compulsions, depression and anxiety.
Isabella’s main therapy modality is called psychodrama. This is an experiential approach which encompasses the basic principles of theater, and action to help clients move through their emotional pain, express their thoughts, feelings, dreams, and beliefs. Isabella creates a non judgmental, safe atmosphere in her sessions with clients. This allows them to engage in guided activities designed specifically to address their issues. She ensures that her therapy is culturally competent, as she enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds, situations, and creative genres.
Isabella earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She is a graduate of Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute and has studied at HB Studio with Katherine Sergava and the Elm Theatre with Garrett Prejean. She’s done improv and is a writer herself who can draw from her own experiences with creativity and discipline. Isabella supports her clients to find the delight of inspiration and get to work!
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Performance anxiety - Underperforming, due exclusively to anxiety
Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally
Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits
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
Isabella Christodoulou is not in-network with any insurances.
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Certain percentage of practice offers “ pay what you can “ option.
Years of Experience: 34 years
The New Orleans Musicians Health Clinic , Behavioral Health Provider, 2020 - Present
Recovery Unplugged , Family Program Clinician , 2017 - 2020
Warren Easton High School, New Orleans , School Social Worker , 2013 - 2016
The Drop In Center, New Orleans , Clinical Social Worker, 2005 - 2013
Humboldt University Medical School Berlin, Germany , Simulated Patient Program Seminar Design and Instructor , 2001 - 2003
Addaction , London, England , Social Worker , 2000 - 2001
Borough of Manhattan Community College , NY, Professor of Human Services , 1996 - 1998
Project Contact, East Village, NY , Clinical Social Worker/ Addictions & Recovery , 1993 - 1996
Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute , Graduate , 2016
Tulane University School of Social Work , MSW, 1989
Barnard College, Columbia University , BA Psychology , 1981