Stella  Fischl

Stella Fischl

Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in Midtown East practice (updated March 24, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Stella Fischl is a licensed Licensed Creative Arts Therapist practicing in New York City. She sees children, adolescents, and adults, and has particular expertise in seeing young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, parent-child dyads, and teenagers. She helps clients with anxiety, depression, mother-baby bonding, and parent child relationships, and incorporates art therapy as a powerful modality to healing.

Stella is passionate about working with young adults and teenagers, including reluctant therapy-goers. She loves that art therapy is “not what people think it's going to be.” For families, Stella initially meets with family members individually to gauge personal needs before working on connections together. She guides clients through exercises to help them understand their relationship dynamic, notice where it can be improved, and build on strengths. Structured art making interventions may be utilized to encourage healthy boundaries and modes of communication.

Stella employs person-centered art therapy with influences from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She uses art to help her clients explore themselves and to facilitate introspection and healing. Stella’s experiences include working at a women's shelter and with The Motherhood Center of New York, as well as working with adult and teen mothers, domestic violence survivors, children and adolescents with mental health disorders, and youth in foster care.

Stella received her Masters in Art Therapy from New York University. She is also an artist and holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute. She has completed advanced training in both DBT and stress reduction.

Message to clients

I believe therapy is about accepting and embracing who you are, while also exploring the ways that you can grow. Art therapy helps you access and harness your strengths to sustain healthy change. I’m here to support you in navigating internal and external conflicts, and figure out how to move forward. Through personalized, integrated treatment we can address ways to process your experiences and emotions in order to find clarity.
I know that seeking therapy can be a difficult process, and I hope to alleviate some of that. I offer free initial phone consultations to help you decide if we are a good fit before moving forward. Please contact me if you have any questions, I know this process is tough but I hope to make it rewarding as well!


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

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Domestic violence - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for those surviving a partner’s abusive attempts to control one’s thoughts, beliefs, and actions

Dating violence - Support for individuals recovery from dating violence

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)

Therapist's note

Stella can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Midtown East practice

211 East 43rd Street

Suite 635

New York, NY 10017

  • Mon 9:00am-8:30pm
  • Tue 9:00am-8:30pm
  • Wed 9:00am-8:30pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

HELP USA, Art Therapist, October 2017 - Present

The Motherhood Center, Art Therapist, March 2017 - Present

Catholic Guardian Services, Art & Recreation Therapist, January 2016 - October 2017

Food First Family Project DV Shelter, Art Therapist, September 2015 - March 2017

University Settlement, Art Therapist, September 2015 - January 2016

New York City Children's Center & Incarnation Children's Center, Art Therapy Intern, October 2013 - October 2015


  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Stella was very easy to open up to!

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