Isabella  Christodoulou
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Isabella Christodoulou

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C
Louisiana, Florida Accepting Online
Iberville, French Quarter Accepting In-person
Updated October 19, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Performance anxiety
  • Mind-body connection
  • Life purpose & meaning
  • Artists' mental health

Professional statement

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!


Message to clients

I help artists make their art. As both an artist and a therapist I will help you unlock your creative potential so that you can make your best art and live your best life.

Whether you are a dancer, musician, sculptor, painter, writer, actor, director, designer… however you express your art, there are times when you may feel depressed, stuck, upset, prone to chronic procrastination or even questioning your purpose and identity as a creative being. Or maybe you may want a more creative approach to your life, to try on new roles, to explore a different way of living, of being with others. There may be a quiet yearning that you have trouble articulating or defining.

I use the experiential modality of psychodrama to guide individuals, couples, polyamorous relationships, families, teams and groups through these difficult phases in ways that will encourage you to embrace where you are and how you got there so you can move on and do what you love - and do it well!

We can even apply this experiential approach to specific pieces you are working on or intend to work on. In other words, I can assist you to “enter” the world of your novel, poem, portrait, play, choreography, your song, your design….whatever gem you are uncovering, polishing and hoping to bring to light. I believe we are all exquisite works in progress with the capacity to bring forth our own beautiful work as well!


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Isabella Christodoulou is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $80 (120min)
  • Family sessions: $225 (75min)
  • Customized Workshops: $750 (240min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

Certain percentage of practice offers “ pay what you can “ option.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Louisiana)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11-6
  • Tue 11-6
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 11-6
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11-6
  • Tue 11-6
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 11-6
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Closed

Iberville practice
1201 Ursuline , New Orleans , Louisiana 70116
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7-8 pm
  • Tue 11-5 pm
  • Wed 7-9 pm
  • Thu 11-5 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

French Quarter practice
1201 Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans , Louisiana 70116
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11-5; 7-9
  • Tue 11-6
  • Wed 4-6
  • Thu 12-6
  • Fri 3-6
  • Sat Varies
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Licensure

Louisiana: 3380

Florida: SW14488


Languages

English

Greek