Betsy Lazarus MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
23-50 Waters Edge Drive Bayside, NY 11360
Creative Arts Therapy
Neuro Art Therapy
Hi, I'm Betsy
Life in a constantly evolving landscape can often demand
we attend to our mental health needs.
Perhaps you find yourself negatively affected by anxiety,
stress, trauma, depression, distress over relationships or even community, national and world events.
Or frustrated and overwhelmed trying to find your
way to the life you yearn for.
It may be your child experiencing worries, fears, anger, or sadness.
Prioritizing emotional wellness works hand-in-hand
with optimizing the health of our bodies, minds, and souls.
Through ongoing study, lived experience, and by continuing
to be my own work in progress, I've learned this:
Therapy may be the most valuable investment you will ever make.
It's a process I’ve learned to trust, and
I'd love to help you learn to trust it, too.
The process of your life unfolding will come
with clarity, confidence, and grace.
I am a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with over 25 years of experience providing psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults of all ages and abilities.
My passion for creating images evolved into exploring, understanding, and healing the inner life. I bring this guiding principle to every client centered therapeutic encounter. As an artist who enjoys painting and drawing, I see and deeply believe in the benefits from my own art making and daily meditation.
I hope to introduce some of these approaches during our sessions together as we map out the way for you to reach your wellness goals.
I am also a Reiki practitioner. I incorporate this energy healing practice into working with trauma and anxiety. Bringing Reiki into our sessions is useful for those affected by depression, generational trauma, adverse childhood experience, covid-19 trauma, distress over relationships or even the current state of world events. These may be overwhelming and potentially disruptive to your ability to find your way to the life you deserve.
I have a B.F.A. in painting, and an M.A. in Creative Art Therapy.
I'm a past president of the New York Art Therapy Association (NYATA) and have published writings and art work in the Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
Perhaps it’s your first time seeking therapy that is the right fit for you. My aim is for you to be comfortable and communicative in any way that feels most natural to you in the moment.
It begins with a phone call.
A no cost, no obligation consultation as we begin getting to know each other.
You: feeling at ease, feeling heard, feeling hopeful.
Me: sensing a budding connection and an understanding of your concerns.
Let’s schedule your first appointment where we will continue to build a deeper system that will help explore all your needs and expectations.
Psychotherapy can help your ability to cope with today's unprecedented and ongoing stressors.
Creative expression and verbal psychotherapy together in an inclusive, gentle and supportive environment are a potent treatment for individuals of all ages seeking emotional stability and relief from depression and anxiety. I work collaborative with you to cultivate your insight and empowerment.
Art therapy does NOT require any prior art experience. It supports relaxation, expression, and communication. Art making and the images produced can open the door to help explore our thoughts and feelings, our past and present, and provide ways to contemplate and acknowledge our achievements. When we view and discuss the artwork created in sessions, possibilities and insights may become visible. Art therapy can improve cognitive function, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, and enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress. By using a visual language with color, lines, symbols and metaphors in a free and playful environment, you can provide a voice to any innate desire for wholeness and stability.
I strive to create an experience that is safe, inclusive and inviting, where creative expression of thoughts, concerns and emotions are always welcome. My approach is holistic, informed by mindfulness, humanistic theory, and the creative process itself in the psychotherapeutic relationship.
Children and Adolescents especially benefit from art therapy as it is in their nature to draw and paint. My work with children develops organically in which the first task in treatment is to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship. Your child will discover that there is no judgement of their creative expressions which naturally encourages communication of their interests and preferences. This allows children to individualize their art specific directives towards their therapeutic goals.
Neuro Art Therapy is a unique and effective in the treatment of attention and focus, stroke, dementia, brain injury, and the anxiety and depression that frequently accompany these life changing events. Areas of the brain associated with emotions and information processing are stimulated and the brain's neuroplasticity enables improvement in quality of life over time. Spouses, partners and families benefit from psychotherapy, becoming empowered to face the challenges of caring for affected individuals.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that that aims to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. When a person experiences physical pain, our first instinct is to place our hands on the hurt. When a child is feverish, parents instinct is to place their hands on the child's forehead. This is the basis for energy healing. Reiki is therapeutically beneficial in bringing relief from stress by inducing a state of relaxation. In psychotherapy Reiki works with the subconscious and unconscious levels of the mind, memory and experience held in the body, as well as energy that originates or extends beyond the present.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Mindfulness are blended into psychotherapy when you are considering something in your life that you are open to improving. This can help realign your purpose and direction, and allow you to overcome those external and internal negative messages. This approach will ultimately empower you to stand strong and reclaim your ideal voice.
"Creativity has the extraordinary potential to transform health and well-being."
I can support you with the following:
Bereavement, Grief and Loss
Trauma and PTSD
Self Esteem and Confidence
Childhood and Adolescent adjustment issues
Career Change and Advancement
Elder Care/Caregiver Support and Burnout
Ageing Through the Lifespan
Traumatic Brain Injury and Strokes
Helpful Resources and Links
What You Should Know About Creative Arts Therapists and Their Services http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/catbroch.htm
About Art Therapy:
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