Kara  Mycek

Kara Mycek

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Master of Science, MS

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, BC-DMT

Not accepting new clients in Flatbush practice (updated November 16, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic therapy
  • Trauma
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Child and adolescent issues

Professional statement

Kara Mycek is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York City. She specializes in anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, life transitions, and stress management. She sees children, teens, college students, and adults. She particularly enjoys working with clients who are interested in body-based work, whether that be in the form of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) or using talk therapy to explore the mind-body connection. Her priority is to create a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental space, where her clients not only feel heard and but also feel seen.

Kara currently teaches Introduction to Dance Therapy at The College of New Rochelle and really enjoys working with college students. She also has a deep understanding of how difficult it can be to adjust to life at college and post-college. She helps clients through both movement and talk therapy techniques to manage their stress and symptoms.

Kara also has extensive experience working with children, having worked at a children’s center and as a children’s dance teacher before becoming a therapist. She incorporates Dance/Movement and Play Therapy into her sessions with all children. For teens, she focuses on self-esteem, coping with and understanding change, and peer relationships through creative techniques. She helps her young clients navigate challenges at both school and home, including sibling conflict and/or divorce. She also works with children who have anxiety, depression, or ADHD.

Kara strongly believes in the power of movement and the ability to strengthen the mind-body connection to improve overall health and functioning. She helps her clients to find balance, and learn to express themselves authentically. She looks forward to meeting you at her office in Ditmas Park, near the Cortelyou Road subway station.


Message to clients

I believe in a holistic, somatic, person-centered, humanistic approach that utilizes the creative process. By offering a multi-modal and creative approach, we will collaborate to find a treatment plan that will work best for your unique needs. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is priority and I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental, warm, and collaborative space where you feel free to be yourself. I believe in the importance of honoring each individual’s pace and process required to heal and create change. I’ll help you to restore a sense of balance, peace, and provide real concrete tools to take with you when you’re not in therapy. If you think that dance/movement therapy might be right for you, I’d be happy talk with you more and figure out if this could be a good fit for you.


Specialties

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

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Somatic therapy - Utilizing a body-centered approach to heal painful experiences of the past

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

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

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

Child and adolescent issues - Specialized strategies for common childhood and adolescence disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, etc.


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $175

Therapist's note

Kara can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Flatbush practice

941 Ocean Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11226

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

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2014 - Present

Adjunct Professor, 2015 - Present

Counseling in Schools, 2015 - 2018

YAI William O'Connor Midwood School, 2015

Park Slope Center for Mental Health, 2012 - 2014

Regal Heights Rehab & Health Care Center, 2011 - 2012

Pratt Institute, M.S., 2011

Cornell University, B.S., 2005


Languages

  • English

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