Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Accepting new clients for morning and daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Empty nest syndrome
Caregivers of individuals with mental illness
Stephanie Saklad is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in Queens, New York specializing in anxiety, existential challenges, life transitions, and supporting family members of individuals with severe mental illness. Drawing upon her training in a social justice and psycho-dynamic program, her particular area of expertise is in helping clients uncover and recover from trauma. She works closely with each individual, providing a trusting, therapeutic relationship and promoting healing at a comfortable pace.
Art therapy with Stephanie involves combining traditional psychotherapy with creative outlets such as collage, clay, and paint. Art therapy can be a valuable tool to ground in the present moment and access deep-seated emotions in a nonverbal way. Her work is guided by empowering clients to build confidence, confront challenges head-on, and regain control.
Stephanie welcomes adults to her practice for individual psychotherapy. Outside of private practice, she is highly involved in the community, supporting those with chronic mental illness.
Young professionals – Expertise in working with young professionals; support navigating work-related expectations and stress
Empty nest syndrome – Addressing feelings of depression, sadness, or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children leave their home
Jewish community – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins, rituals, and personal identity
Caregivers of individuals with mental illness – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; understanding and accepting your loved one's diagnosis and addressing signs of burnout
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
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
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Stephanie is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $200 (50min)
Initial/ongoing group sessions: $60/person (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $100 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Stephanie can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Coming into therapy can be an overwhelming experience. I am here to support you and be your partner in this process. I strongly believe that every individual has the ability to cope with whatever life throws at them. Sometimes, you just need some support to help you discover those tools.
Art Therapy can provide a safe space to express yourself, as it can be non verbal. You do not need to be an artist, or have experience with making art. Art making becomes a tool in session, to help you connect with yourself in a new way."
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)
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)
Psychodynamic Art TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
CAMBA Homeless Shelter, 2017 - Present
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
SAIL ACT Team, 2015 - 2017
Ocean Front Adult Social Day Care, 2013 - 2015
L.I.U Post, MA, 2014
CUNY Queens College, BA, 2011