connect, heal, create
Expressive Trauma Therapy embraces the root meaning of psychology as work "of the soul, breath, spirit." Rather than attempt to explain and change, the focus is to nurture, discover, and grow. Bridget's approach responds to the need for connection, expression, and elemental engagement to restore wholeness. Creative and somatic interventions treat trauma's effects on the human nervous system and its neurobiological imprint in a holistic way (integrating mind, body, and spirit).
Targeting the physiological results of trauma enables you to regain, or perhaps experience for the first time, a sense of stability. This healing process makes room for growth and safe connection. It will be led by your inner wisdom and the unfolding of implicit knowledge through gentle guidance.
Together we can help your whole self recover as we create new neural pathways, restore nervous system regulation, and expand your capacity for fulfilling life experiences. The process is oriented toward discovering who you are, honoring your experiences, and supporting your ability to create the life you seek. We will get to know your patterns, strengths, and needs from a place of compassion and curiosity. Sessions involve dialogue, exploring sensations, experimenting with space, posture, and creativity to uncover your individual needs. Each session is led by what emerges naturally in the present moment. Art-making is optional. Some of its therapeutic uses include synthesizing implicit memories, natural mind-body integration, visual insights, releasing tension, and creating a tangible record of your progress.
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Bridget is a New York licensed and nationally board certified Creative Arts Therapist. She began her career as a therapist after a decade of working at the National Institutes of Health in supportive family program roles. She witnessed the deep need for holistic psychological 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. Bridget continuously pursues training to stay up-to-date with the latest interventions for trauma and is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I to treat dysregulation, survival defenses and traumatic memory.
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Bridget is a Stella Center certified Mental Health Provider for NY residents receiving the biological intervention stellate ganglion block to help treat PTSD.
Bridget Kuzma, LCAT, ATR-BC
Creative Arts Therapist / Psychotherapist