Kelda Nelson, Therapist in New York, New York — Zencare
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Kelda Nelson


Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
New York Accepting Online
Midtown Art Therapy Office Accepting In-person

In Person openings!! June an adorable emotional support dog will be present. Specialties with engaging socially anxious adults along with children and adolescents who are hard to engage.

Updated October 11, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Child mental health

Professional statement

Kelda is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist in NYC who has been practicing Creative Arts Therapy for 14 years. Kelda has abilities to meet clients both online and in person in Midtown Manhattan. There is docile dog within Kelda's sessions who is adorable and able to soothe you naturally with her warm presence.

Kelda is highly relational, attentive and analytical within their approach. They are creative in that they individualize each session based on your needs hat day. This can be through creative modalities in most sessions, and or only verbal as this can be your preference as the Creative Arts are within more then just physical creation, it is within the verbal metaphor and symbols we create within our stories.

Kelda assists people therapeutically with improving moods relationships and behaviors within long term Psychotherapy via weekly 50 minute sessions. The primary symptoms Kelda treats relate to, ongoing sadness, loneliness, anxiety, obsessions, grief, loss and identity confusion. Along with sexual insecurities, demisexuality, relational complexities, avoidance of desires overall. Further specialities are within assisting decrease creative blocks, gender/body dysphoria and or rejection dysphoria;. Kelda believes the above noted symptomatic experiences most often lead to feelings of isolation, not being understood and needing therapeutic connection that they hope to provide to you should this be a match.

Please contact them for a 15-20 minute free video consultation to see if you would like to have an intake session with Kelda. The intake session allows you to assess compatibility with Kelda and them with ability to meet your therapeutic needs.

Message to clients

I've been providing Creative Arts Therapy to highly sensitive children and adults. To both creative thinkers, artists of life, of desires, ones who live to create and or dream of creating more in purpose and within self and human connections. Making sense of yourself; claiming your needs and feelings as valid through Art Therapy as you move through this next chapter of life is commendable.

I have specialization with decreasing creative blocks, lack of drive, ambition as this interrelates with our problem solving abilities. I assist within sessions guiding you into thoughts processes that can decrease symptoms of anxiety and sadness interrelated with undesirable relationships, performance and or behaviors. I treat children 7 y/o and older along with adults and couples of all genders and sexualities. I am highly inclusive and Queer within my identity.

We can always utilize Art Therapy as a modality of expression within sessions along with verbal alone and or co-occurring whichever your preference and best meets your therapeutic goals/needs. There is an adorable emotional support dog named June Elizabeth Nelson within in person sessions in Manhattan. You too will be provided art materials in sessions should you want to create Please reach out for a free 15 minute video consultation so we can see if this is a good fit for you and that I can meet your therapeutic needs. You can send me an email from this profile. I will respond to you within 24 hours.


LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Kelda Nelson 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: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (60min)

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
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week


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 9AM -8PM
  • Wed 12PM-8PM
  • Thu 9AM-8PM
  • Fri 9AM-8PM
  • Sat 9:30AM-4:30PM
  • Sun Closed

Midtown Art Therapy Office practice
1239 broadway New York, NY 10001, 604, New York, New York 10001
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 Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9AM-8PM
  • Fri 9AM-8PM
  • Sat 10:30AM-4:30PM
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Refresh Psychotherapy NYC , Clinical Supervisor , 2020 - 2021
Therapy 24x7, Creative Art Therapist (Psychotherapist) , 2019 - 2020
Good Shepherd Services , Clinical Supervisor , 2015 - 2019
Bronx Lebanon Hospital , Creative Art Therapist (Children and Adolescent Unit Inpatient Psychiatry) , 2013 - 2015
Good Shepherd Services , Creative Art Therapist , 2009 - 2013
Incarnation Children's Center , Clinical Internship 2nd year graduate school, 2008 - 2009
Jacobi Hospital , Clinical Internship 1st year graduate school, 2007 - 2008

Solution Based Casework , Solution Based Casework Coach , 2017
Parenting Journey , Parenting Journey Facilitator Certified , 2011
Art Therapy Credentialing Board , ATCB National Board Certification , 2011
School of Visual Arts , Masters in Creative Arts Therapy , 2009
School of Visual Arts , Bachelors in Fine Arts , 2004


New York: 001418