Ditmas Park Creative Arts Therapy Team
Gemma Burgio, L-CAT, ATR-BC, MPS
Gemma Burgio is a practicing Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (L-CAT) and Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC). She holds a Masters degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, with a focus in developmental trauma. Gemma has worked in Outpatient Mental Health and Day Treatment Programs in New York City, serving children, adolescents and families. As Gemma’s scope of practice has expanded, she has developed a person-centered and humanistic approach to treating clients in order to help them manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Stressors, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Adjustment Disorders. Gemma is also currently a candidate at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy within the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, in order to further improve her ability to serve those struggling with Eating Disorders and food-related issues. Gemma attempts to meet every person where they are and allow them to move through therapy at their own pace.
To find out more about Gemma, please visit her website at www.gemmaburgio.com
Kara Mycek, L-CAT, BC-DMT, MS
Kara earned her masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She is a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist and licensed New York State Creative Arts Therapist. In her career as a Dance/Movement therapist, she has enjoyed opportunities working with diverse populations in settings such as: community mental health, adult inpatient acute psychiatric care, adolescent day treatment, adult social day care, early intervention preschool, and nursing homes. She is grateful for the experiences in working with a wide range of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. She has worked with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, adjustment disorders, loss/bereavement, childhood behavior/developmental issues, neurodevelopmental disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s, physical disabilities, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Kara believes in a holistic, humanistic approach that utilizes the creative process and therapeutic relationship to help others reach their fullest potentials.
To learn more about Kara, please visit: www.karamycek.com
Emily Sharp, L-CAT, ATR-BC, RYT-200
Emily Sharp is a New York State licensed, nationally registered, and board certified Art Therapist. She graduated with her master’s degree from New York University where she studied and researched art and verbal psychotherapy techniques. Emily is also a registered yoga teacher, having completed a 200-hour training in Goa, India. She personally understands the healing power of art, yoga, and meditation and is able to integrate these foundations into her work with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. She takes a warm and welcoming approach to client relationships and seeks to be a caring presence in the lives of those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, loss, separation, relationship troubles, life adjustments, identity-related struggles, or trouble at home, work, or in school. Through a versatile approach to treatment that focuses on supportive, client-centered, empowerment models of therapy, Emily helps her clients discover the tools and inner resources needed to resolve issues and find peace and healing in the midst of difficult circumstances.
To find out more about Emily’s work, please visit www.nyarttherapy.com
Maggie Ritnour, LMHC, L-CAT, ATR-BC
Maggie is licensed mental health counselor and licensed creative arts therapist in New York State. She began studying art in high school, and then received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She obtained her masters of psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2009. She has experience using art as therapy in work with children, adolescents and adults since 2000.
Maggie is a humanistic therapist who approaches her clients using a multi-cultural framework and trauma-informed lens. She knows there are not always words to describe how we feel. She sees art as an alternative method of expression, a visual vocabulary. Maggie believes that when people get in touch with their own creative voice they often find therapy in the confidence of learning a new language, the ability to speak with their art and listen with their eyes.
To find out more about Maggie, please visit her website at www.rootsarttherapy.nyc
KATIE DOWN, LCAT, MT-BC
Katie Down, MT-BC, LCAT, is a licensed creative arts therapist, sound therapist, certified Reiki practitioner and professional composer/performer. She runs the Sound Well Center and Mindful Music Psychotherapy, PLLC, a private therapy practice with offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, offering integrative psychotherapy, music therapy, EMDR, and sound/Reiki healing to individuals and groups as well as clinical supervision, and sound meditation workshops. Katie has designed the course Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications for The Sound Health Collective and Spiegel Academy, and Deep Listening workshops as a guest lecturer at NYU, The New School, The School of Visual Arts, Cal State Fullerton, The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Open Center, The Expressive Arts Therapy Summit, The International Conference on Deep Listening, and at grand rounds presentations for local NY hospitals. She received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University with additional trauma training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell in EMDR. Katie has worked and continues to work internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops in improvisation and song writing. She is a workshop facilitator at Maha Rose Center for Healing and meditation teacher at MNDFL offering sound bath meditations and the contemplative art of deep listening. For more information about Katie please visit www.soundwellcenter.com