Bonnie Hirschhorn


Bonnie is a highly skilled creative therapist with over 35 years of experience. She has a master’s degree in art therapy and creative development from Pratt Institute and another in clinical social work for Wurtzweiler School of Social Work. She completed a postgraduate program in psychoanalysis from The Institute for Expressive Analysis which integrates creative process with psychoanalysis. She also completed a postgraduate program in couples therapy.

She is licensed as an art therapist, psychoanalyst, and clinical social worker, and is certified as an Imago relationship therapist and hypnotherapist. Bonnie also has advanced training in psychodrama, gestalt therapy, and is a certified yoga teacher.

She has been a supervisor, program planner, creative arts therapist and teacher for many diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings, such as emotionally challenged, physically challenged, developmentally delayed, psychiatric, eating disorders, and youths at risk for the NYC Department of Social Services Special Services for Children, NYC Board of Education, Renfrew Hospital, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Gracie Sq. Hospital, Carroll St. Montessori School, and the Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center to name a few.

She has given many professional presentations on the healing aspects of the creative process and the use of creative therapies for a variety of populations and settings here and abroad. Some of these include the NYC Board of Education, the Expressive Therapy Conference, the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education, the Imago Relationships International Conference, and the New School for Social Research, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and the N.Y. Art Therapy Association.

Through her many years of experience, Bonnie has developed a unique way of integrating non‐verbal therapeutic modalities such as art, movement, drama, guided meditation with verbal processing. She teaches integrative expressive therapies at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan and in New Paltz, NY specializing in eating problems, trauma, relationships, life transitions, and overcoming creative blocks. Bonnie is an empathic listener who brings compassionate understanding to the process of personal growth.

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