connect, ground, explore
Bridget provides therapy services for clients in Maryland and New York. Often, words are not enough. Sessions with Bridget provide compassionate space to be seen and heard as well as opportunities to learn about how you experience the world through new experiences. These include art-making and interactive experiences together that can unveil procedural tendencies most of us are unaware of in day to day life. Creative and somatic therapies respond to the human need for connection, expression, and elemental engagement to restore wholeness. These modalities support the resolution of healthy yet incomplete survival responses (examples of how these may appear: panic attacks, freezing, behavior problems, collapse/ depression, restlessness, tension).
Each session is a collaboration - you always have choices and are encouraged to say no when you would rather not engage in something. Safety is the priority. Through this collaborative approach to find the right fit for you, we can help restore nervous system regulation and expand your capacity for fulfilling life experiences. The process is led by your innate capacity for healing, on-going self discovery, and personal goals. Sessions range in structure from mostly talk therapy to involving creative and somatic experiences based on your preference. When you are not sure where to begin, Bridget will offer a couple of options and invite you to check out which feels right for you that day. We will work as a team to find the right pace and amount of structure for you in the present moment. Some of art's therapeutic uses include to metabolize somatic memories, offer non-verbal paths to insight, promote kinesthetic integration, and create a tangible record of your process over time.
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Bridget is a Maryland and New York licensed nationally board certified Creative Arts Therapist, Psychotherapist, and certified Trauma therapist. She began her career as a therapist after a decade of work with children at the National Institutes of Health in supportive family program roles. There she came to appreciate the deep need for holistic therapeutic approaches that treat the mind and body together. Bridget completed her graduate studies at the Pratt Institute and clinical training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Her experience includes work with children and adults at every stage of life ages 2- 97. She has worked with many adults and children on medical inpatient units, in palliative care, and has provided individual and family crisis counseling on intensive care units. In her private practice she works with many individuals experiencing PTSD, C-PTSD, and dissociation. Bridget continuously pursues training to stay up-to-date with the latest interventions for trauma and dissociation and is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I to treat dysregulation, survival defenses and traumatic memory.
"Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-oriented, talking therapy that recognizes the importance of the therapist-client relationship, and incorporates the body into clinical practice as an avenue for discovery and healing. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is an approach that builds on traditional psychotherapeutic understanding but includes the body as central." https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/resources/#client-education
Bridget is a Stella Center certified Mental Health provider if receiving a stellate ganglion block to help treat PTSD is part of your journey.
Bridget Kuzma, LCPAT, LCAT, ATR-BC
Creative Arts Therapist / Psychotherapist