Ditmas Park Creative Arts Therapy Team 

 

Gemma Burgio, L-CAT, ATR-BC, MPS

Gemma Burgio, L-CAT, ATR-BC, MPS

Kara Mycek, L-CAT, BC-DMT, MS

Kara Mycek, L-CAT, BC-DMT, MS

Emily Sharp, L-CAT, ATR-BC, RYT-200

Emily Sharp, L-CAT, ATR-BC, RYT-200

Maggie Ritnour, LMHC, L-CAT, ATR-BC 

Maggie Ritnour, LMHC, L-CAT, ATR-BC 

Josh Millrod, LCAT, MT-BC

Josh Millrod, LCAT, MT-BC

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. 

For clients who are not able to visit the Ditmas Park Creative Arts Therapy space, Emily is equipped for home visits or community groups

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

 

 

Josh Millrod, LCAT, MT-BC

Josh Millrod is licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified music therapist. Josh's work focuses the concept of the therapeutic music studio as a place to explore, express and overcome big and small issues in life.  He's an NYU graduate and has presented on music therapy at the AMTA's national music therapy conference, various local creative arts therapy conferences and MoMA PS1.  Josh's practice is trauma-informed and focuses on inclusivity, respect and adaptability.  No prior music experience is necessary.

Josh has worked with clients who experience anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, complex trauma, grief and difficulties navigating adolescence, adulthood or major life change.

To find out more about Josh's approach or music therapy in general, visit Brooklyn Music Therapy.