Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Tweens (10 - 12)
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Adolescents' mental health
Dawn Ippoliti is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with offices in Flatiron, Manhattan and Millburn, NJ. She specializes in using art therapy to explore trauma, family challenges, depression, anxiety and stress management. Dawn particularly enjoys working with adolescents to strengthen their abilities to address life challenges and learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Dawn is an expert in gently helping clients navigate the emotional intricacies of their past, identify their strengths, and find closure to unresolved issues.
Dawn practices from a holistic approach, drawing upon evidence-based modalities with an emphasis on mindfulness and staying grounded in the present moment. Through art therapy, she helps her clients explore a deeper, more internal part of the self to discover insights about the unconscious mind. She supplements this creative process with active discussion to physically and mentally engage each client fully. Her work is focused on enabling clients to explore their inner desires and relationship patterns, foster personal growth, and progress toward healing in a creative way. With clients who choose not to engage in art therapy, she utilizes talk therapy to highlight their strengths and mindfully guide them toward finding joy in themselves and their relationships.
Dawn is committed to creating a safe, comfortable atmosphere for clients to freely explore their thoughts and feelings. Her practice is trauma-informed and highly personalized toward the needs of each client. Her Flatiron office is conveniently located near several different metro lines.
Art therapy – Using painting, drawing, modeling, and other creative means to explore feelings and resolve emotional conflicts
Adolescents' mental health – Transitioning to high school or college; navigating social media pressures, interpersonal difficulties with peers, self-esteem, emotional dysregulation
Family issues – Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness – Using techniques such as breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and reduce day-to-day stress
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Academic issues – Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Eating disorders – Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Dawn is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Please note that due to NJ laws for art therapy, health insurance out-of-network benefits cannot currently be used at this time; clients are responsible for the full session fee.
Initial session in both NJ and NY: $250 (60min)
Ongoing sessions in both NJ and NY: $225/session (45min)
Sliding scale in NYC: A sliding scale of $175 - $225/session is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Sliding scale in NJ: A sliding scale of $125 - $225/session is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Dawn can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I know it is a difficult decision to start therapy and often times people can even feel conflicted about whether or not they are ready, or the time is right. I acknowledge your courage for beginning the process and taking action to move in a new direction. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals."
Treatment approachesArt TherapyIn art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2009 - Present
The New York University Art Therapy in Schools Program, Program Supervisor, 2016 - Present
The New York University Art Therapy in Schools Program, Senior Art Therapist, 2009 - 2016
Emergency Shelter Program, Children’s Program Coordinator, 2005 - 2006
Heart Share Human Services of New York, Art Therapist/Case Planner, 2003 - 2005
The Saturday Project, Art Therapist, 2002 - 2003
Certified Yoga Instructor, 2012
Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, 2007
New York University, MA in Art Therapy, 2003
San Francisco State University, BA, 1998