Our People

Our highly-trained clinicians are dedicated to maintaining small caseloads, so they can fully invest in your well-being. While each team member brings their own unique specialization to the table, they all share a mission to deliver the best therapeutic care possible.

Our Founder

Stephanie Kemmer [she/her]

ATR-BC, LCAT, LMHC

Hi there! I'm a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a Mental Health Counselor in New York. For over 15 years, I've been helping people just like you overcome challenges and cultivate emotional well-being.

Our Team

Julia Heffernan

Julia Heffernan

LCAT-LP

As an art therapist with a deep passion for fostering healing and personal growth, I am dedicated to working alongside individuals across the spectrums of gender and sexuality, as well as with neuro-diverse communities. My therapeutic approach is characterized by empathy, collaboration, and humor, rooted in the belief that every person should have the space to name and claim their unique experiences. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to feel at home in their body. In my practice, I create a nurturing and inclusive environment that empowers my clients to gain insight, engage in self-reflection, and facilitate positive change in their lives.

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Allison Shamah

Allison Shamah

LCAT-LP

I am a graduate of Long Island University’s Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Program and I’ve worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of diagnoses and backgrounds.

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Queenie Wong

Queenie Wong

LCAT-LP, ATR-BC

I’m a graduate of NYU with a M.A. in Art Therapy. I have worked with children, youth, and families from diverse ethnicities in long term, medical inpatient, outpatient, and palliative care.

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Buffy Curtis

Buffy Curtis

LCAT, ATR-BC

For 16 years and counting, I have served others in their journeys through healing. Knowing the power creativity played in my own inner connection and ability to communicate I decided to dedicate my career to helping others find their own expression.

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Amanda Rothman

Amanda Rothman

LCAT, RDT

Amanda Rothman (She/Her), MA, LCAT, RDT, is a drama therapist from New York currently in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright research scholarship to develop drama therapy workshops. She has served in the inpatient psychiatric department of two major New York City hospitals as well as in virtual creative arts therapy practices. In addition to working at Thrive, Amanda facilitates drama-informed staff wellness workshops in partnership with the HR department of various private companies. She has presented at various conferences and her research has been published in The Drama Therapy Review.

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Cristina Longetti

Cristina Longetti

LCAT-LP

My approach is warm, down-to-earth, collaborative, and person-centered. My therapeutic style often entails a process of illuminating the roots of present problems and striving towards a sense of healing, self-acceptance, and thriving in the present and future.

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Isabel Beckenstein

Isabel Beckenstein

LCAT-LP

I am an experienced Art Therapist who believes in the power of creativity as a tool for healing. I’m an advocate for personalized therapy, using a range of art forms to help individuals work towards their personal goals.

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Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

RDT

I’m a registered drama therapist and previously studied under Narradrama pioneer Pamela Dunne at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. I’m passionate about utilizing a collaborative approach to assist clients in telling their preferred stories.

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Courtney Crosby

Courtney Crosby

I am a mental health advocate and entrepreneur with a passion for supporting individuals through their mental health journeys. Since 2017, I have been working in the mental health and human services field, leveraging my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice to make a positive impact.

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