NYC Therapist: Kevin Creamer, LCSW, CCTP
Therapy in Chelsea, NYC
My goal is to get to know you and why you are seeking therapy.
In learning about me, it is first important that you get a sense that I want to understand you...
You want to make a lasting change. You want to do more than just "handling" everything and keeping it together. You deserve to have hope that it can, and will, get better. I’m here to help you with whatever it is that you are "handling." Therapy can assist you in whatever it is that overwhelms you - that you struggle with - while you try as hard as you can just to keep up a good front. We all have the capacity to make meaningful change in our lives. Sometimes we just need a little help.
Perhaps right now you just feel a little lost or it feels like something is missing. You feel you have tried everything. Maybe even therapy. Nothing seems to work. The energy it takes to hold it all together is exhausting. You're tired of struggling. Of hurting, fighting. You may be so anxious you can’t hold a conversation. You might feel so depressed you can’t get out of bed. Perhaps you feel something blocks your creativity or ability to express yourself. Maybe you feel you just can't escape that traumatic event that happened to you. Perhaps you know your life could just simply be brighter. You want control of your life. Of course you do. And you deserve it.
My goal as your therapist is to help you develop a close, meaningful relationship with yourself. Our work will help you to understand yourself more deeply - your desires, your defenses, your needs, your patterns, your behaviors, your history, your relationships. Through self exploration, you can better determine the life you want to live and how to commit to it. It may not feel like it is possible right now: but with some guidance, anyone who is determined to make important change is capable of doing so.
Choosing a therapist that is a good fit for you is critical to doing good therapeutic work. The relationship you have with your therapist must be one where you feel a sense of trust, safety and openness. You should believe that the parts of yourself that you share with your therapist will be held with respect, compassion and without judgment. If working with me, I want you to feel confident that you are working with someone with whom you feel you have that connection.
Having a strong, supportive relationship with your therapist, is the foundation from which the therapeutic work will flow. Through a trusting and non judgmental relationship, we will work together to better understand what you hope to gain from therapy. We will look at aspects of your life from many different perspectives: from what your history tells us, to how you relate to others and society, to the way in which you view yourself, to how you imagine others perceive you, to how you feel in the moment in the therapy room.
Together, we’ll listen closely to what your mind and body are telling us as we process your emotional life. I believe that when mind and body are heard, we practice mindfulness, and learn how to manage these signals, we can gain a greater sense of control over feelings that have previously felt too much to bear.
We will work together, at your speed. You are the expert on your own experience. As therapy progresses and we engage in greater self realization and insight - into both what challenges you and what provides you with more emotional stability - I encourage you to share what you are feeling in the moment with me, so that we may stay attuned to your therapeutic needs, and so that you feel you are truly being heard by me.
Therapy affords us the opportunity to deepen our connection to our innate strength and resiliency. Therapy helps you work toward accepting a more authentic sense of yourself. A sense of self that isn't clouded by negative messages you received about yourself, harmful and inaccurate self perceptions, past experiences or mistakes, fear that you will always repeat certain behaviors, or expectations you will recreate past relationship patterns. You can reach parts of yourself that motivate and engage you to feel more confident in both your life choices and the ways in which you feel about yourself.
Therapy allows us to accept and work on who we are in the present moment, rather than who we feel we were in the past or project we will be in the future. We work to help you change your narrative to one that more authentically represents who you truly are right now. From this more accurate understanding of yourself, the therapeutic process can open up new doors to meaningful ways of being.
I deeply care about who I work with. Sitting with someone in their time of need, walking through their deepest memories, and helping them find their own personal answers is powerful and sacred.
My office is a safe, affirming space where those of all communities can feel free to work out the deepest and most intimate details of their stories.
No matter who you are, my door is open.
- BFA - New York University, New York, NY, 2002
- MSW - Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York, NY, 2012
Post Graduate Clinical Training
- National Institute of the Psychotherapies – Intensive Psychoanalytic Training, 2018 – 2019
- Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems, 2019 - Frank G. Anderson, MD
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), 2019
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, 2019 - Richard Sears Ph.D.
- LGBT Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies, 2019 - Joe Kort, Ph.D.
- Complex Trauma Certification, Janina Fisher Ph.D, 2019
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intensive Training, John Ludgate, Ph.D, 2019
- Martin Frommer, PhD – Supervision Group, 2016 – Present
- Certified in Mental Health First Aid - Coalition for Behavioral Health, 2017
- Trauma Treatment Mastery: Effective healing interventions for the Mind and Body – Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, 2017
- Certified in Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - The Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, 2014 - 2016
- Certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Coalition of Behavioral Health, 2013
- Certificate in Motivational Interviewing – Coalition of Behavioral Health, 2013