Art Therapy

Body Positive Works

Art Therapy Bergen County, NJ

Our highly qualified and experienced Art Therapist combines the use of art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork within the therapeutic relationship to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and connect with your creative side in a therapeutic environment. It combines traditional psychotherapy theories and practice with an understanding of the creative process. 

Specializing in addiction, anxiety, depression, grief + loss, eating disorders + disordered eating, negative body image, and trauma

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy combines the use of art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork within the therapeutic relationship to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and connect with your creative side in a therapeutic environment. It combines traditional psychotherapy theories and practice with an understanding of the creative process.  

Art Therapy is a licensed mental health practice in New Jersey. Requirements  include a Masters or Doctorate degree from a qualified program, passing of a  national board certification examination and at least 1500 hours of post graduate  supervised clinical experience. 

Art Therapy provides a safe and gentle approach to exploring complex  experiences and emotions. Many studies show that engaging in the creative  process that enhances the mind-body connection can improve mood and bring a  sense of calm and well-being all while allowing whatever emotional content that needs to surface do so.  

Who Is Art Therapy For?

Art Therapy is effective for people of all ages and backgrounds. Many individuals  benefit from art therapy, including but not limited to: those dealing with stress  management, anxiety or depression; people living with adverse physical health  conditions; and people dealing with loss and grief.  

You do not have to be an artist or have any art skills to benefit from Art Therapy. The only things you need is to be open to allowing some creativity into your life.  A wide variety of art materials will be available for use in sessions, ranging from  traditional drawing materials to clay, paint, fabric and more! 

Why Art Therapy?

Maybe you want to enhance or add to the traditional therapy experience. Or the  idea of a creative approach to life’s challenges feels right. Sometimes people have  difficulty or don’t always enjoy talking about thoughts and feelings, so having an alternative means of expression could be incredibly beneficial. Also, it’s fun, even  when it’s in therapy! 

Art Therapy is proven to lower cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase  serotonin (the pleasure hormone). Being able to do art alongside a trained  clinician offers an opportunity to address symptoms of anxiety and depression in  a way that is supportive, non-judgmental and enjoyable. 

What To Expect

Art Therapy sessions are a collaborative experience in which structured art experiences that focus on specific goals are offered or there is spontaneous art making. The Art Therapist supports the individual’s work both visually and verbally to connect to their therapeutic goals. The Art Therapist’s focus is on what the individual needs in the moment, so art making may not necessarily be a part of each session. Art Therapy allows for a connection or reconnection to your creative self in a way that can enhance your engagement in a fulfilling life.

To book an appointment call 201-708-8448.

Our Art Therapy for Specific Groups

Art Therapy Sessions are appropriate for everyone – from kids and teens to the middle-aged and the elderly.

Some of the ways we can help: 

Art Therapy for prenatal and postnatal women

Art Therapy for ADD

Art Therapy for addiction recovery

Art Therapy for depression

Art Therapy for anxiety

Art Therapy for eating disorders

Art Therapy for grief and loss

Art Therapy for athletes

Art Therapy for kids

Art Therapy for tweens

Art Therapy for teens

Art Therapy for menopause

Art Therapy for negative body image

Art Therapy for addiction

Art Therapy for anxiety 

Our Art Therapist

LindsayLederman

Lindsay Lederman, Art Therapist, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT (NY), LPAT (NJ)

Lindsay Lederman, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT (NY), LPAT (NJ) has dedicated her career to bringing art therapy to children, teens and adults with a strength-based humanistic approach. Her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her Masters from the School of Visual Arts Art Therapy Program have provided her with a strong foundation, both in and out of the classroom. Lindsay began her career in 2007 at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital as the first Art Therapist in their child and family outpatient clinic, where she was a critical figure in the development of the newly formed Art Therapy program. She went on to join CARES, the hospital’s adolescent day program, before again starting the first Art Therapy program at another site, Nemours Hospital for Children. Lindsay has been featured in Thrive Global, presented at top NYC hospitals on the efficacy of Art Therapy and most recently was chosen to be involved in a full-length documentary on the use of art in the grieving process. She has also been published in the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal and the Journal of Palliative Care. As a licensed and board-certified Art Therapist, Lindsayutilizes a wide variety of therapeutic modalities, including art and talk therapy interventions, to create an individualized therapeutic environment that is tailored to each client's unique needs. She believes art and creativity can help break the bonds of stagnation and manage stress by helping clients connect with, or reconnect with, purpose and hope. Engaging in Art Therapy can improve self-awareness by working through difficulties of the past and present, and promoting resiliency and empowerment to work toward a larger sense of well-being. No art experience or skill is needed – sessions use the creative process, symbolism, and metaphor, to support therapeutic goals and needs. Lindsay works with a variety of concerns including anxiety disorders, depression, loss and bereavement, addictions, life transitions and environmental stressors.Sessions can be held in person or virtually. Art Therapy sessions are most often a combination of both art making and verbal discussion. Art materials offered range from traditional drawing media to paints, fabric, collage, clay, craft materials, photography and just about anything else that can be used as a means of expression.

Our Location

Our home is a beautiful heritage house in the heart of Saddle River, Bergen County, NJ. We are directly across the street from Wandell Elementary School and next door to the Municipal Building.
 
We are centrally located with convenient access to Rt. 17 and the Garden State Parkway, and on the border of Rockland County. Check out how close you are to us on the map from all localities – including Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Hillsdale, Hohokus, Mahwah, and Waldwick.

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96 E Allendale Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458

201-708-8448

info@bodypositiveworks.com