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Shanay Johnson(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
New York
Identity development-Spirituality & religion- Depression-Self-esteem- Life transitions-Race & cultural identity-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

Professional statement

Shanay Johnson is a music psychotherapist in Manhattan, New York and founder at Sound Mind Music Therapy. She has 8 years of experience specializing in race/identity issues, transitions, existential questions and spirituality, relationship challenges, depression/anxiety, women’s and LGBTQ issues. She also has extensive experience working in cancer care and the ICU providing coping strategies for individuals all across the health spectrum.

Therapists at Sound Mind Music Therapy utilize an eclectic approach to treatment, involving music, talk therapy, somatic awareness, CBT, art, meditation, and mindfulness.

She currently offers telehealth sessions only for the time being and is best reached at her email address to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Message to clients

You don’t have to be a musician to relate to being moved, inspired, motivated, and even brought to tears by your favorite song. For many of us, traditional therapies have only brought us so far before reaching a plateau in our progress. However, when the right song is played, all of the sudden, like the band One Republic once sang, we find we can “feel again.”

Oftentimes, music can help us push through emotional barriers that talking alone doesn’t accomplish.

If you have found yourself stuck in your journey toward wholeness, I’d invite you to consider music therapy. You don’t need a background in music or a particular musical skill to benefit—just a love for music and an openness to try something new.

Looking forward to to hearing from you.

Work and Education

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Music therapist in radiation oncology.
New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, Music therapist
Sound Mind Music Therapy LLC, Founder

New York University , Masters in Music Therapy, 2015
Westminster Choir College, B.A. in music, 2009


New York: 002351




Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, spirituality, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


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

Locations & Hours

Thank you so much for your interest in working together. However, I am currently not taking on new clients at this time.


  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $200
  • Initial session:$200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$220 (50min)
  • Family sessions:$200 (50min)

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
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week