Art Therapy in NYC

Find the best art therapists in NYC. Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that uses painting, drawing, sculpture and other visual arts to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. Art therapy can also be helpful more generally to those interested in gaining insight into how they process and understand their emotions.

The following therapists specialize in art therapy. Most are based in Midtown Manhattan, but there are some who practice in Lower Manhattan. There are also a number of qualified art therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

If your therapist determines that art therapy can help with a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC art therapists accept payment from Cigna Behavioral Health and NYU health insurance. If you have a different plan, you can seek out-of-network coverage. Should you end up paying out of pocket, sessions for art therapy range from $175 to more than $250 per session in NYC. If your financial resources are limited, you can ask your therapist if they offer a sliding scale, or reduced fee, to clients who need it.

Art therapy typically lasts 45 minutes to one hour. During sessions, the client will paint, draw or sculpt at the direction of their therapist, who will ask them about their feelings as they create. The therapist may also offer observations that are relevant to the therapy, but they will never critique the client’s art. The duration of therapy will vary based on the client’s treatment goals. Some clients engage in art therapy for just a few sessions while others find it to be a useful component of ongoing treatment. Beyond individual therapy, there is also a bi-weekly art therapy group in Queens.

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Art Therapists in NYC

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How to find an art therapist in NYC

How can art therapy help New Yorkers?

While there are many artists in New York City, you don’t have to be artistically gifted to benefit from art therapy. The goal in art therapy is not to improve artistic skills; rather, it’s a way for clients to address mental health conditions like anxiety and depression while expressing themselves, building self-esteem, and reducing distress.

An art therapist can help a client gain insight into how they process their emotions in order to better manage them.

How much do art therapists charge in NYC?

If your therapist accepts insurance, you'd only be responsible for the copay, which is usually $20 to $40 per session. If you have a high-deductible plan, expect to pay $175 to $250+ per session until your insurance starts contributing. Similarly, if you’re paying out of pocket, art therapy in NYC will cost anywhere from $175 to more than $250 per session.

You can also ask your therapist if they offer a sliding scale, or reduced fee, to clients with limited financial resources. In NYC, sliding scales can be as low as $100 per session.

Does health insurance cover art therapy in NYC?

If your therapist determines that art therapy can help with a diagnosable mental health condition like depression or anxiety, your health insurance may cover your sessions. NYC art therapists accept payment from Cigna Behavioral Health and NYU health insurance.

You can see a therapist who isn’t paneled with your insurance, but your out-of-pocket costs will be higher as you’ll only receive partial reimbursement.

For details about your out-of-network coverage, contact your plan or search your plan documents for your summary of benefits.

Where are most art therapists located in NYC?

Most NYC therapists who specialize in art therapy see clients in Midtown Manhattan, but there are some who practice in Greenwich Village and the Financial District.

There are also a number of qualified art therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

What should I look for in an art therapist?

All art therapists have advanced training in mental health treatment and artistic practice. The practice of art therapy is regulated with professional art therapy licenses in some states, including New York (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist), and many art therapists are also certified by the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB). You might ask your therapist whether they are ATCB-certified, how long they’ve been practicing art therapy, and what kinds of techniques they use in their sessions.