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Kelda Nelson(They/She)

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
New York
LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics- Anxiety - Depression-Adolescent mental health-Gender identity & transgender health-
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Professional statement

Kelda is an experienced Licensed Creative Art Therapist located in NYC who has been practicing Creative Arts Therapy for over 14 years. Kelda has select weekday in person openings at this time.

Kelda's therapeutic approach is highly relational, attentive and analytical. They are creative in that they individualize each session based on your needs and how they shift overtime. This can be through processing with creative modalities in sessions such as clay, paint, fabric, etc.., and or primarily verbal as this is your preference. The Creative Arts are within more then physical creation. It is the metaphors the dreams and the everyday fantasizes that connect us to our deserved potential. it is within the verbal metaphor and connections we create within therapy that Kelda regards integral to your therapeutic journey.

Kelda assists people therapeutically with improving moods relationships and behaviors within both short and long term Psychotherapy via weekly 50 minute sessions. The primary symptoms Kelda treats relate to, ongoing sadness, loneliness, anxiety, obsessions, grief, loss, sexuality and identity confusion/formation. Along with sexual insecurities, demisexuality, relational complexities, avoidance of desires overall. Further specialities are within assisting decreasing 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.

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 for ongoing treatment success.

Message to clients

I've been providing Creative Arts Therapy to highly sensitive children and adults for over 14 years. My specialty is assisting artists of life, of desires, ones who live to create and or dream of creating more. I believe making sense of yourself; claiming yourself as deserving of your desires is commendable. Even not knowing your desires and searching for one is too more then enough.

I have expertise and specialization in decreasing creative blocks, lack of drive, ambition as this interrelates with our problem solving abilities. I assist within sessions guiding you into thought processes that can decrease symptoms of anxiety and sadness interrelated with undesirable relationships, family history, performance and or current/past behaviors.

I treat children 11 y/o and older along with adults of all genders and sexualities. I am highly inclusive although largely service and specialize within the LGBTQ community.

We can always utilize Art Therapy in person or online as a modality of expression within sessions along with verbal alone and or co-occurring. We will take part in whichever is your preference and best meets your needs. 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.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

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

Solution Based Casework , Solution Based Casework Coach , 2017
Parenting Journey , Parenting Journey Facilitator Certified , 2011
School of Visual Arts , Masters in Creative Arts Therapy , 2009
School of Visual Arts , Bachelors in Fine Arts , 2004


New York: 001418




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

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition


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

Locations & Hours


  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $175
  • Initial session:$175 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$175 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$200 (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
Therapist's note

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

This provider has no upcoming call times available.