Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, in Connecticut
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics
Elyssa Kreimendahl is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with offices in Midtown Manhattan and Beacon, New York. She also sees clients remotely via phone or video sessions. Elyssa specializes in trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, identity development, self-esteem, and interpersonal difficulties/relationships. She is passionate about working with queer and transgender individuals and couples. She takes special care in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, helping them work through feelings of isolation and shame, and navigate difficult life experiences.
Elyssa’s approach is eclectic and tailored to the needs of her clients. She works psychodynamically and relationally, incorporating elements of mindfulness, existential therapy, and drama therapy. She believes it's fundamental to understand the world from her clients' perspective, and to collaboratively work toward a life of greater meaning, freedom and fulfillment, whatever that looks like for each individual person.
Warm and nonjudgmental, Elyssa is committed to building an LGBTQIA-affirming and trauma-informed practice for clients to feel safe and openly speak their mind. She particularly enjoys working with artists and creative folks of all kinds, and engages them in understanding and processing the impact of early life events and self-conception on the creative process. Her midtown office is located steps away from Grand Central.
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
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
Identity development – Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Therapy is not about being fixed, as if you're some broken thing. To me, it's about recovering from suffering, and connecting deeply and authentically to yourself, allowing for your thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams. It can be difficult to begin a new therapy relationship and be vulnerable, especially when relationships have been harmful in the past. I think taking the risk anyway reflects an inherent pull toward repairing the old wounds that restrict our capacity to live freely and joyfully. I love working with LGBTQIA folks, relationships, trauma and abuse, and difficulties with shame, self-love and acceptance.
I provide psychodynamic, trauma-informed, and relational psychotherapy. We'll collaboratively explore and process the impact of the past on the present, as well as tackle current difficulties. Creative arts therapy and drama therapy approaches can also be integrated into the therapy process, based on client interest and need.
My style is warm, nonjudgmental, playful and curious. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is central to the process. I aim to create an open space in which you can feel heard, cared for, and free to be your full self in all its messy, imperfect human complexity."
Treatment approachesDrama and Creative Arts TherapyUsing drama and theater to acheive emotional wellness and personal growth. It helps individuals express their emotions and struggles to solve an issue. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)
Relational TherapyRelational therapy helps individuals recognize the vital role of relationships in one's well-being. It emphasizes the development of relational awareness and exploring how to better understand how one operates with others. (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, 2014 - Present
Post Traumatic Stress Center, 2012 - 2014
Bellevue Hospital, 2011 - 2012
Gladman Mental Rehabilitation Center, 2009 - 2011
Graduate of the Institute for Developmental Transformations, 2014
California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters of Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Drama Therapy, 2009
Boston University, Film Studies, 2003