Welcome to our Community!
Water & Stone is a company focused on offering therapy to individuals, bringing creative arts therapy into the community and supporting professional development. Come on in and have a look around. Meet the team below and always feel free to be in touch with any questions you might have. We hope to hear from you soon!
Emery and the Water & Stone Team
I began Water & Stone in 2015 after years of experience with various forms of self-employment. With this company I am working to build a supportive community that will affect change in its members and all those they come into contact with. This involves bringing together professional development for therapists while simultaneously reaching out, offering services for the diverse communities in NYC. For professionals, Water & Stone offers mentoring and business development, throughout the US, for those interested in private and community practice. To offer a blueprint for more people I wrote a book about my experience contracting, The Art of Business…, published by JKP in 2013.
As a practitioner I am a transpersonal, art therapist who works from a strength-based approach with people searching for a better quality of life. Many people come to therapy when faced with a life changing event to gain insight and support. My goal is to create a safe space where people have a chance to share, explore, and work with what has been affecting them, no matter how large or small the issue or challenge might seem. No experience with a transpersonal approach or art materials is necessary to benefit from this approach. The majority of people who work with me are adults dealing with challenges in life, anxiety, grief, loss, and related topics.
Along with running Water & Stone I supervise interns, guest lecture at George Washington University and present at conferences nationally. Currently I’m working on my next book and a podcast for those in the helping professions. I received my master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy from Naropa University.
I recently graduated from the graduate art therapy program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and have diverse experience working in a variety of settings including hospice, schools, hospitals, and adult day programs.
I am a licensed creative arts therapist (dance/movement therapy), social worker, and credentialed substance abuse counselor with many years of experience working with folks who desire to make a change but need help and support to sustain it. Life’s transitions can be confusing and difficult and I believe that we all need to have time for ourselves to reflect, understand and develop strength for the road ahead. Do you have a need to talk about your struggles with substance use, experiences of trauma, or to be supported after experiencing loss of some kind? I can provide a safe place in which to be seen and heard, so that you can start to mend whatever might feel broken, and move toward a sense of renewed possibility.
I am an art therapist, with a broad array of experience ranging from children and adolescents, to adults and geriatric patients. With a warm and flexible presence, my clinical approach combines traditional talk therapy with art therapy skills. I practice with a compassionate and humanistic viewpoint. Communicating with clients both verbally and non-verbally, I aim to provide a safe and non-threatening space for individuals to freely express themselves. Through this collaborative process, individuals are able to gain self-awareness, develop skills and techniques, and affect change. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or trouble adjusting to life’s changes, art therapy can open up a new vocabulary to build awareness and resilience. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
As a practitioner, my approach is Transpersonal and client centered. I have my masters in Transpersonal Psychology and Art Therapy and am a certified yoga instructor. I incorporate mindfulness based approaches, art therapy and yoga when working with people in search of clarity and understanding the patterns or situations that affect their everyday life. I have 12 years of experience in the field working with adults, people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and LBGTQIA related challenges. Creating a safe and comfortable space for my clients to express themselves, explore, and gain support is vital to the healing process and creating change in one’s life. You will be encouraged to give voice to your experiences both through the visual process of art making as well as through engaging in conversation to give voice to the parts of you that don’t feel heard and reconnect with parts of yourself that feel unwanted so they can be accepted and integrated. As a third culture kid, coming from a multiracial background and having immigrated to this country – I have both personal and professional experience dealing with racism, marginalization, oppression, and much more. No experience with Transpersonal, Art or Yoga necessary.
I am an art therapy intern, completing my education through the Masters of Arts in Art Therapy program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. For over ten years, I have provided direct professional support and case management to adults with developmental disabilities and their families. My clinical experience ranges from working with children on the Autism spectrum to older adults confronting Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. I believe that every individual has the power to access the serenity, validation, insight, or wisdom they need through intuitive interaction with art materials. I look forward to accompanying you on your unique journey with art therapy.
What are you interested in?
- Therapeutic Services. Individuals can enjoy one-to-one sessions in person at the Dumbo, Brooklyn or Chelsea, NYC offices as well as via Skype, Zoom or phone when appropriate. Facilities can learn more about art therapy with adults, seniors, people with Alzheimer's, and those with developmental disabilities. (take me there!)
- NYS and NBCC approved CE Workshops and Programs focused on creative arts therapy, self care, and creative business development! Look through the upcoming list of opportunities and regularly running groups (here!)
- Supervision and Business Mentoring. Supervision for ATR or Maryland license (LCPAT), plus BC exam prep. Mentoring for those starting private practice or wanting to improve their marketing and business skills. (that's me!)
- Contact Info and directions to locations (get in touch!)