Sonja Stengel, MA, LCAT, ATR-BC
Sonja Stengel, MA, is a licensed psychotherapist with board certification in Creative Arts Therapy. Sonja's approach to working with clients is rooted in Humanistic theory with a focus on Client Centered therapy, which is based on the belief that the client is capable of change through developing insight and awareness of behaviors, thoughts, and patterns. Sonja partners with the client in developing goals of treatment and employs a variety of techniques, including art making and talk therapy, to achieve those identified goals. She works with adolescents, adults and geriatric populations.
For individuals seeking art therapy:
The traditional "art in therapy" session uses imagery as a means of accessing emotions and thoughts. This therapeutic approach is helpful to individuals seeking a creative, yet structured pathway to developing personal awareness; making connections to mind/body/emotional states of being. In a supportive and nurturing environment, Sonja assists the client in looking at how the images we make can reflect larger parts of ourselves and facilitate feeling better integrated.
Sonja received her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University and her BFA in Visual Arts from SUNY Purchase. Sonja currently works at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Medical Center, providing individual and group psychotherapy and art therapy to adults in the acute inpatient Behavioral Health unit as well as supportive therapy to patients and family members on the oncology units.
CURRENT GROUP: Art in Therapy with Sonja Stengel
Art is a way of knowing. It is a way to make sense of what our personal experience is. Whether we reflect on our past or consider our current state of being, creating images can be both cathartic and enlightening. Self expression is a liberating and powerful tool used to empower, develop insight, and engage in positive coping skills. Through the support and guidance of a licensed creative arts therapist, the individual is able to make the connections between image, content, and intent, to self awareness and understanding. Common issues addressed through art therapy directives may include stress management, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, trauma, and bereavement. Goals of treatment are discussed individually with each participant. Pricing for these group sessions is between $35-45 and is limited to a small number of participants.