Krisja  Hendricks
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Krisja Hendricks

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online

I currently offer tele-health (virtual sessions) Monday -Thursday.

Updated January 16, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Krisja (she/they) is a licensed creative arts therapist and psychotherapist who uses somatic, verbal and visual modalities to engage and empower their couples and group clients. She is an existential, person-centered therapist and a culturally sensitive informed provider. Krisja aims to establish a therapeutic connection with clients while providing a restorative sense of safety and space for free expression. She believes our bodies are our biggest source of information, and helps others to increase their ability to listen to their body signals with intention. Krisja also specializes in LGBTQIA+ dynamics, and has advanced training in LGBTQ+ Affirming Care from the Fenway Institute.

Before working in private practice, Krisja worked for 6 years treating clients experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and addiction, as well as those in acute states of mental health at Bellevue Hospital Center in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units. During this time Krisja has also worked extensively with couples and families. Krisja also specializes in couples therapy, utilizing Gottman Method Techniques as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy, to provide a safe space to explore sexual, relational and life challenges. In her graduate work, she completed specific training in polyamory competence. Krisja believes finding meaning, intimacy and friendship is equally as important as resolving conflicts in partnerships. More recently at Bellevue Hospital, Krisja served as the LGBTQ+ liaison for the outpatient substance use clinics and was a primary therapist at the Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (CDOP). She practices various psychotherapy modalities including mindfulness, harm reduction and safety seeking, and has extensive training in trauma-informed care.

Krisja holds a Master’s Degree (MS) from Pratt Institute and is a licensed Creative Arts Therapist and psychotherapist in the state of New York. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing and completed her training through the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Message to clients

It takes a lot of courage to begin therapy and can be somewhat scary in the beginning. Often when we are placed in environments with intense levels of stress, whether this is from relationship issues, anxiety/depression, addiction or other life situations, we hold pain and trauma deep in our bodies. When we are unable to process and release this from our bodies, we become stuck in patterns that are unhealthy. Somatic therapy integrates the mind and body and uses psychotherapy with body-based interventions for holistic healing. My approach is psychodynamic, and at times, I incorporate somatic awareness into sessions to empower clients to understand that the body is their biggest and most reliable source of information. Our work together may involve purely talk therapy, embodied talk therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness techniques, or a combination of these approaches. All of you is welcomed just as you are. Together, we will work collaboratively to enhance your ability to get your needs met, make choices with more awareness, and support yourself through life’s uncertainty. I offer a free phone consultation before beginning therapy!


Specialties

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Cigna

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200

Location(s)

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 10-7
  • Tue 9-5
  • Wed 9-5
  • Thu 9-5
  • Fri 9-11am
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Bellevue Hospital Center, Primary Therapist, 2016 - 2022

New York State Psychiatric Institute, Motivational Interviewing, 2022
Fenway Institute, Advanced Training in LGBTQ+ Affirming HealthCare, 2021
Pratt Institute, MS-Dance/Movement Therapy, 2017


Licensure

New York: 002438


Languages

English