Creative Arts Therapy

The body says what words cannot.
— Martha Graham

The Joan Fenichel Therapeutic Nursery (JFTN) prepares children for academic and social success. That goal is at the heart of our Creative Arts Therapy program. Our art and dance/movement therapists work with teachers and clinicians to tailor art experiences to each child's needs. These projects encourage healthy social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. 

Like speech-language therapy, art therapy enhances communication skills. However, creative art therapy also adds a strong socialization benefit. Speech-language therapy, for example, is typically a one-on-one session. But creative arts therapy is often about social engagement, cooperation, positive self-expression and understanding physical boundaries. Creative arts therapy brings an important balance to the school day.

Parents get to participate in creative arts therapy activities as well. At special events, like Multicultural Day and Sibling Day, families collaborate on art projects. These are opportunities for parents and children to discover new ways to communicate with each other.

The Creative Arts Therapy department is also an important bridge to the community. Most recently, our partners at TD Bank have presented projects by JFTN students. We also partner with top tier schools like Pratt Institute, NYU and The School of Visual Arts to develop special projects. Interns from these schools work with children under the supervision of our full time therapists. Through these partnerships, JFTN helps ensure future generations will receive top quality therapeutic care in New York City.

Have a question about Creative Arts Therapy?
Email Kimberly Bush, CAT Supervisor

 
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The Art of Parenting

Each Friday morning our creative arts therapists welcome parents to our Art of Parenting Group.  Parents and their children team up to work on art projects and take part in dance/movement exercises. Our therapists and interns guide sessions and encourage further exploration at home. These meetings are a lot of fun, and they give families a chance to connect with each other in new ways. We provide all the materials for each session. Parents and kids use everything from paper and pencil to homemade play-doh and photos for collages. Children lead the way, and parents get a chance to relate to their child through non-verbal communication.  

Meet Our Creative Arts Therapy Team

Michelle Baker, Art Therapy Intern, School of Visual Arts

Michelle Baker, Art Therapy Intern, School of Visual Arts

Kimberly Bush, ATR-BC, LCAT, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor

Kimberly Bush, ATR-BC, LCAT, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor

Jenelle Feldman, Limited Permit CAT, Dance / Movement Therapy

Jenelle Feldman, Limited Permit CAT, Dance / Movement Therapy

Cady Foster, Dance Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute

Cady Foster, Dance Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute

Orit Greenberger, BC-DMT, LCAT, Dance / Movement Therapy

Orit Greenberger, BC-DMT, LCAT, Dance / Movement Therapy

Lucia Hernandez-Rodriguez, Art Therapy Intern, New York University

Lucia Hernandez-Rodriguez, Art Therapy Intern, New York University

 
Renee Ortega, BC-DMT, LCAT – Dance / Movement Therapy Supervisor

Renee Ortega, BC-DMT, LCAT – Dance / Movement Therapy Supervisor

Jenea Scott, Limited Permit CAT, Art Therapy

Jenea Scott, Limited Permit CAT, Art Therapy

Margot Werner, Art Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute

Margot Werner, Art Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute

Namibia Williams, Dance / Movement Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute

Namibia Williams, Dance / Movement Therapy Intern, Pratt Institute