Art, Community & Movement as Medicine

Turning passion to profession

From an early age I knew that I enjoyed  helping people. I also spent a great deal of time painting, drawing and creating with found objects. I still remember the first time I heard the words art therapy. It was a revolutionary moment when I realized that I could make a career using my two passions (art and psychology). I dedicated the next fifteen years of my life to studying art therapy in a variety of contexts and populations.

About Dana

How I got here

I received my master’s degree in clinical art therapy from LIU C.W. Post in 2005. Upon completion of my degree, I was invited to create an art therapy program at a therapeutic day school in Manhattan. The program flourished, growing to include three full- time art therapists serving over one hundred fifty students. In addition to conducting individual and group sessions, I worked closely with multi-disciplinary teams to coordinate individualized treatment programs. Furthermore, through creating an intern supervision program, I developed excellent relationships with the art therapy training institutions in the area. This position inspired me to extensively study infant and child development.

Activated by this experience, but wanting to deepen my practice, I began psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. The led me to open my private practice in 2011. In this setting, I work with clients experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, school and relationship issues, autism and developmental delays, pregnancy and postpartum challenges, parenting woes and problems resulting from stress. I take great pleasure in training new professionals as it allows me the chance to share my passion and experience, while challenging me to remain reflective and constantly learning. Over the years, I have presented my work at numerous workshops and conferences.

My training and experiences have undoubtedly shaped my approach to therapy. I believe in treating the whole person and engaging the whole family. I work from a strength based perspective and believe therapy should be a collaborative effort. In creating change, it is important to understand how the past influences the present. I invite inquiries and look forward to hearing from you.

My office is conveniently located in the Murray Hill/Kips Bay neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan. As of September 2016, I have added a location within Create Community in Cold Spring, NY.