I believe that being in therapy is about creating space for positive change. When we can slow down and make room for ourselves, we can grow and create lasting adjustments that make our lives more balanced and enjoyable.
I work collaboratively with adults, adolescents, and children, providing a safe and non-judgmental space to explore issues, problem solve, navigate life transitions, develop new and creative coping skills, and strengthen one’s relationship with themselves and with others. I specialize in helping with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction recovery. I also work extensively with artists of all kinds who are experiencing creative blocks or stagnation in their art/creative practices and life.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art materials and the creative process to help people express, process, and integrate their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Art therapy is for everyone, not just people who identity as artists or have experience with the visual arts. Clients see me for talk therapy and or art therapy. All sessions are tailored to the preferences and goals of my clients. My approach is holistic and person-center, integrating traditional talk therapies and art therapy with mindfulness/body-based practices. I am a patient and compassionate therapist, who values humor and direct communication, dedicated to supporting my clients in their healing process and personal growth, enacting the changes they desire to see within themselves.
Jennifer Selden is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York and a nationally Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist. She brings over 20 years to her art psychotherapy practice as a visual artist, with a background in teaching and curating. Becoming an art therapist was a natural progression for her after feeling for a long time that the process of making art was often more interesting and meaningful than the final product.
She has a BFA in general sculpture studies from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in visual art/design and technology from San Francisco Art Institute. She began studying expressive arts therapies at the New School and went on to complete her master’s degree in Creative Art Therapy from Hofstra University. She has worked in hospital, school, and other community and clinical settings; working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities, older adults with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and their families, people in treatment for substance use disorders, and other mental health issues.