Katie  Down

Katie Down

Music Therapist - Board Certified, MT-BC Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Master of Arts, MA
New York Accepting Online
East Village Not Accepting In-person
Updated December 7, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Artists' mental health

Professional statement

Katie Down is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist, Board-Certified Music Therapist and trauma-informed psychotherapist specializing in EMDR, music therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction for symptoms of anxiety, PTS, and depression. Her approach is rooted in somatic psychotherapies and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for the development of the mind-body awareness as a key to recognizing our inner strengths and entitlement to wellbeing.

Clients who seek Katie’s support are often finding their way after a traumatic experience from single incident trauma, to systemic or past traumas. Katie understands that trauma is hard to measure on objective terms and she works with clients in a holistic, collaborative manner to determine the right course of treatment. This might include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) or other methods to facilitate reduction of abreactions.

Katie encourages a sense of play and creativity into her practice, including authentic movement, creative writing, music improvisation, composing, song writing, and deep listening meditation as a way into the subconscious, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self. It is in the act of divine play, also known as "lila" in Sanskrit, that we can safely connect with intimate and vulnerable parts of ourselves and others towards deeper understanding and healing.

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 open dialogue, creative inquiry, and collaborative approaches to what it means to truly be in the healing space. Healing is a journey, a process, and sometimes there are challenges along that journey. I consider myself a kind of co-journeyer, sometimes navigator, that helps to illuminate some ideas and provide different perspectives while providing tools and guidance on this bumpy road of life on which we are all travelers.


Anxiety - I help clients to manage their anxiety through tools and techniques in mindfulness based stress reduction. Anxiety is something we all deal with and it 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 MBSR, we can work on reducing symptoms of anxiety through breathwork, creative arts, and meditation.

Depression - Depression and Anxiety often inform one another. Depression can be attributed to anger not expressed or on-going issues that seem insurmountable. We will work together on identifying the root causes of depression, how to manage the symptoms of depression, and release emotions of anger, disappointment, or anxiety-based feelings through MBSR, sound and music, creative visualization and somatic awareness exercises.

Trauma - Trauma, PTSD, and the effects of witnessing or being the survivor of a trauma are not uncommon. I work with EMDR, MBSR, and music psychotherapy to help clients reduce symptoms of trauma by being able to process the trauma safely and effectively and release the stuck emotions and body sensations often related.

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

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


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


Katie Down is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Cigna

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $115 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (55min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


East Village practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 4pm - 6pm
  • Wed 12pm - 3pm
  • Thu 10am- - 3pm
  • Fri 10am - 3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 4pm - 6pm
  • Wed 12p - 3pm
  • Thu 10am - 3pm
  • Fri 10am - 4pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

SoundWell Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC, Director, 2011 - Present
SUNY, New Paltz Music Therapy , Clinical Coordinator / Instructor, 2020 - Present
Brooklyn Music School, Former Chair, 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



Therapy Groups

Katie  Down
The Angel Band

The Angel Band is a FREE music therapy group that is currently taking place on the Zoom platform. The group is open to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and there is no music experience required!