Board Certified Art Therapist, ATR-BC
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
LGBQ and sexuality topics
Stephanie Syfert is a Board Certified and State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in the Flatiron District of New York specializing in young adults, college students, adolescents, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. She is especially excited about supporting young adults as they navigate formative life transitions including starting a new job, moving, and starting a new family. She also enjoys working with members of the LGBTQ community and helping them explore topics of gender identity and sexuality.
Stephanie draws upon cognitive behavioral methods and mindfulness practices within an evidence-based framework. In addition to talk therapy, she offers art making as one approach to help clients explore their feelings.
Stephanie received her MA in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. Her clinical experiences include her work with the Federation Employment & Guidance Service, HeartShare Human Services of NY, the School of Visual Arts, and Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. Through these experiences, she has worked extensively with adolescents, adults, and families. She is dedicated to creating a safe, nonjudgmental space to help clients overcome obstacles and create the changes they seek.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Stephanie is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80 - $125 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Stephanie can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"The city is a high-pressured environment where self care is often put on hold. You deserve a safe space where you can express what's important to you with someone who supports, affirms, and understands without judgement."
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)
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)
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, 2018 - Present
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Art Therapy Consultant, 2013 - 2016
School of Visual Arts, Art Therapist, 2010 - 2014
HeartShare Human Services of NY, Art Therapist, 2011 - 2013
Federation Employment & Guidance Service, Youth Advocate, 2010 - 2011
School of Visual Arts, MPS, 2010
Drexel University, BA, 2006