Katie Down, Therapist in New York — Zencare
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Katie Down


Music Therapist - Board Certified, MT-BC Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Master of Arts, MA
New York Accepting Online
Updated August 11, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Music Therapy
  • Artists' mental health

Professional statement

Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT) is a music psychotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience and specializes in EMDR for reduction of symptoms of anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Our brain's plasticity allows for growth and development by incorporating specific techniques found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques. Using creative inquiry including creative writing, music improvisation, sound healing, song writing, lyric analysis, visualization and deep listening meditation, we can tap into subconscious material that may be causing disruptions in our natural state of flow and connection.

Katie's clients have found relief of on-going symptoms of trauma and PTS through 6 to 8-week sessions of EMDR, as well as on-going mindfulness-based psychotherapy using music, sound, and breath-work to help regulate the central nervous system.

Katie's approach to therapeutic work stems from a humanistic philosophy that everyone deserves a space for non-judgmental listening and acceptance in order to recognize our strengths and areas for growth and greater insight into the self.

For music therapy clients, there is no musical experience or knowledge needed. Clients engage in musicking through creative play and improvisation, vocal toning, song-writing and poetry with sound as well as more receptive techniques that include sound bath meditation and song analysis.

Katie also runs free music therapy groups through the Angel Band Project for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence for 6-8 week sessions based in New York.

Message to clients

I look forward to getting to know you and working together on you goals for wellbeing! Our shared therapeutic space (whether in person or on-line) is a sacred space where emotions, feelings, and thoughts can be explored and navigated together through creative inquiry, and collaboration in the healing space. Healing is an on-going process, and sometimes there are challenges along that journey. I consider myself a kind of co-journeyer/navigator, helping to illuminate and pave the way for self-exploration and insight while providing different perspectives, tools and guidance on road to wellness and recovery. With treatment goals, homework and concrete tools that you can use between sessions, we can work together to create a successful plan for your continued wellbeing.


Trauma - Trauma can happen to anyone at any time and it is often something we don't know how to deal with afterwards. Trauma-informed therapists and experts tout EMDR as the number one method of helping clients to reduce symptoms and find relief while processing traumatic events safely. EMDR is a somatic practice (body-mind) and is highly effective in calming the nervous system, grounding, and creating a safe environment for processing difficult material and emotions.

Anxiety - Anxiety is something we all experience at times in our lives and it mostly exists in our ideas about future events or things that might happen in the future as a result of something that happened in the past. Through breath, somatic awareness and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, anxiety symptoms can become better managed and greatly reduced.

Depression - Depression can be attributed to on-going issues that seem insurmountable, causing us to feel hopeless and despairing. We will work together on identifying the root causes of depression, how to manage the symptoms of depression, and release repressed anger, disappointment, and even trauma. Through mindfulness-based stress reduction, visualization, EMDR and creative arts, we can work together to begin the reduction of symptoms towards a sense of contentment and wellbeing.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a technique created by Buddhist teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn. It has been proven to quickly and affectively help with managing stress, creating a sense of calm and wellbeing, and acceptance of what is happening in the moment non-judgmentally. Together, we will work with MBSR techniques to help you reduce stress and anxiety and manage these areas that may be affecting areas of your life.

Music Therapy - Music is inherent in us in our breath and heart-beat. We are born through the essence of sound. Music enables the inexpressible when words fail us, and Music Psychotherapy is the practice of bringing music into our verbal processing, providing new pathways for expressing ourselves and creating a safe space for the release of emotions, fears, anxieties, and stress. Music and sound can provide a safe container for deep feelings to occur within the session.

Artists' mental health - As a performer myself, and a daughter of artists, I understand the stressors that come with in a career in the arts. Together, we will work towards anxiety around goal-setting and focus. We will look at negative beliefs and patterns that may be presenting themselves, and through mindfulness, creative visualization and creative play, begin to unlock areas that feel stuck or trapped in order to move through psychological obstacles and towards a sense of flow and connection.


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


  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200 (55min)
  • Group sessions: $300 (75min)

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
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I offer a sliding scale for those in financial need. We can discuss your options when we have our phone consult. The sliding scale starts at $150


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 Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10am - 5pm
  • Thu 10am - 11am ; 12pm - 3pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

SoundWell Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC, Director, 2011 - Present
SUNY, New Paltz Music Therapy , Associate Professor, Music Therapy. , 2020 - Present
Brooklyn Music School, Former Chair and current Consultant Music Therapy Dept. , 2018 - Present
The Angel Band Project at NYU, Lead Music Therapist and NY Coordinator, 2018 - Present
You Can Thrive, Music and Sound Therapist, 2016 - Present
Sound School Maha Rose Center for Healing, Co-Director, 2016 - Present
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Music therapist, 2016 - 2018
King’s County Hospital, Music therapist, 2010 - 2013
Gracie Square Hospital, Music therapist, 2011 - 2012
CNR Health Care Network, Music therapist, 2009 - 2009

Parnell Institute, EMDR Certified Levels 1, 2, & 3, 2017
New York University, MMT , 2009
New England Conservatory of Music, MM, 1996
Berklee College of Music, BA, 1988


New York: 001473-1




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