Sonja Stengel, LCAT, ATR-BC
Sonja Stengel is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist practicing in New York for over 10 years. Sonja is registered and board certified with the American Art Therapy Association and is a member of the New York Art Therapy Association.
After receiving her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University, Sonja worked with Veterans in a Long Island VA hospital, as well as young children and adolescents in group and individual sessions at a local art studio. For the past seve years, Sonja has provided individual and group art therapy to adults in an acute, inpatient Behavioral Health unit at NYP-Columbia Medical Center.
The art therapy sessions combine traditional "art in therapy" (using imagery as a means of accessing emotions and thoughts) and principals of Ecotherapy (Nature Therapy). Sonja's therapeutic approach is helpful to individuals seeking a creative, yet structured pathway to developing insight and making connections to mind/body/emotional states of being. Art therapy can complement other types of therapy, including psychotherapy.
In a supportive and nurturing environment, Sonja assists the client in looking at how images can reflect larger parts of ourselves.
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.