Rachel Schwartz Therapy & Addiction Counseling

Psychotherapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Board Certified Music Therapist, Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
Opening at 9:00 AM
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Winter has been tough for many! I’m pleased to announce that I have increased availability starting in April! Please reach out to schedule a consultation or if you simply want more information :)

I was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post to comment on some of the most annoying and even uncompassionate things that people in recovery hear from their non-sober friends. Keep in mind that not everything is black and white, a lot can be tone, intention, and approach. Check out the artic...

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My practice is still open! I am doing sessions by either phone or video teletherapy. Call or message to learn more!

Hey Creatives!
Come try a different type of therapy! Creative arts therapists combine talking with artistic and embodied outlets to more easily and accessibly expressive yourself! Make an appointment today! 🧘🏽‍♀️🎨🎼🎭

The holidays can be a triggering time when in early recovery. Here are some simple tips in preparing for this time of year:
1. Make a list of triggers and have a plan in place 2. Have a non-alcoholic drink in your hand so guests don’t try to serve you one. 3. Avoid foods that trigger drinking. Sp...

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a year ago
Rachel is a skilled and sensitive clinician with a remarkable ability to empathize with others. She has vast experience working across the spectrum of mental health, music therapy and substance abuse, and has helped a great number of people manage symptoms of acute conditions and general life stressors. Rachel will help you build the awareness, confidence and strength necessary to face your biggest challenges. I highly recommend working with her.
- Ariel W
a year ago
I have worked with Rachel for over seven years at Mount Sinai hospital. She is a skilled clinician and has experience working with diverse patient populations. Rachel creates a safe and supportive space for her clients that fosters personal growth and sustainability towards recovery. As a psychotherapist, music therapist and CASAC, Rachel has a wide range of skills and experience she brings to her practice and is able to create a therapeutic space uniquely catered to each clients needs and goals.
- Alyssa S

About me

I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Music Therapist, and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. The majority of my work has consisted of helping people in mental health crises, with over 12 years experience working in inpatient psychiatry, 11 years at Mount Sinai Hospital, including managing the creative arts therapy department for almost 2 years there.

I offer talk therapy but at times will implement creative arts interventions based on the client's needs and comfort level. We can absolutely work in words without the creative arts if preferred. I have post-graduate advanced training in the Diane Austin Vocal Psychotherapy method Vocal Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology that uses the techniques of Vocal Holding™, Free Associative Singing™ and Psychodramatic Singing. I offer verbal psychotherapy and utilize music therapy and the creative arts as tools to assist you in your process. The music can help clients get out of their heads and uncover the feelings underneath. 

My specialties are in treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, existential crises, self-esteem, early addiction, struggle with the addiction of a loved one, early contemplation of recovery, sustaining sobriety or harm reduction in setting of addiction, codependency, trauma, relationships, and working with children facing parents' separation and/or divorce. I work psychodynamically and psychoanalytically. I also offer clinical supervision and tele-therapy. 

I hope to provide you with a safe containing space to explore your struggles and more deeply connect with yourself.

Music Therapy
As a Music Therapist, I use the playing of instruments (you do not need to have any musical background) and the listening to songs to help defenses come down and for subconscious emotional material or memories to arise. The use of music helps the client access more primal responses as one can sometimes hide in the verbal response. In the experiential, the music helps you listen, communicate, express, and release without words. We then process the feelings that arose in the musical experience to better access the feelings and dynamics that are occurring for you in your life. In terms of the addiction, there are different exercises I might use in the music to explore the client's reasons, feelings, experiences with, and relationship to substances.     

Presentations & Publications
  • “Music & Mindfulness Practices in Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Settings” – MAR-AMTA Conference – March 2017
  • “Early Stages of Recovery: A Multimodality Approach to Engaging MICA Patients in Inpatient Group Therapy” – The Louis Armstrong for Music and Medicine Presents “The Culture of Use, Misuse, and Dependence: Integrative Approaches to Biopsychosocial Treatment” Symposium at Mount Sinai Hospital Downtown Union Square – May 2019
  • “Healthcare Heroes - The Medical Careers Guide” - Chapter 21: Music Therapist - 2019

  • "Music Therapy Means Letting Go Of Language" -  Medium. June, 2016.
  • "How to Calm Down: 18 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stress" - Glamour Magazine. Dec, 2020
  • “7 Of the Most Annoying Things People Say to Nondrinkers" -  Huffington Post. Jan, 2021
  • "Why Do So Few Men Understand That Addiction is a Spectrum?" - InsideHook. July 2021

I am an out of network provider but can easily submit your claims to your insurance  if you prefer. 

Call for a free consultation to learn more or schedule an appointment today!

Rachel N. Schwartz Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC

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  • (917) 745-5309


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141 South 5th St
Office West
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States

Business Hours

Mon:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tue:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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