Ms. Fujisawa is a board-certified art therapist and New York State licensed creative arts therapist.
Ms. Fujisawa incorporates a variety of treatment modalities and customizes the approach to each individual’s needs. While she takes an eclectic approach in her practice, she is currently most influenced by attachment theory and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). She hopes that a client will improve self-esteem, coping skills, interpersonal skills, and overall well-being through therapy.
She has worked with a wide range of patients from children to elderly individuals, and regarding a wide range of mental illnesses.
Ms. Fujisawa is a native of Japan. She is a board-certified art therapist and New York State licensed creative arts therapist. She graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in art therapy and has been in the field for nearly 20 years. She has received trainings from the British Object Relations Institute, the Beck Institute, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and recently, the AEDP Institute. She has worked at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and other hospitals in New York City to provide individual and group psychotherapy, art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, yoga, and mindfulness to patients. She has facilitated numerous workshops and lectures, including one at Columbia University for mental health professionals, graduate school students in clinical psychology, and ordinary people and has published a number of articles regarding self-improvement and self-care through art therapy.
She is also a yoga instructor. Ms. Fujisawa loves poetry of Rumi and is inspired by Thick Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle. She loves animals and is interested in aromatherapy.
Key Concepts: attachment theory, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), children, elderly, board-certified art therapist, creative arts therapist, art therapy, individual and group psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, yoga, mindfulness, workshops, lectures, self-improvement, self-care.
o Attachment theory: a theory that states the relationship, or “attachment” between the primary caregiver and child influences how the child engages in relationships when in adulthood.
o Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP): a type of therapy that focuses on the strength that an individual has in order to tackle “aloneness”, process experiences that cause the individual distress and pain, and guide and encourage new, positive experiences.
o Art therapy: a type of therapy in which a client expresses themselves through an artistic / creative medium (typically focused on one medium), which the art therapist analyzes for ways to explore emotions on a deeper level that may be hard to express verbally.
Illustrations by Kento Iida