She/Her/HersLicensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
I currently offer tele-health (virtual sessions) Monday -Thursday.
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.
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
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
New York: 002438