licensed art therapist

Meet Rivka! (she/her)

Specializing in LGBTQIA+ issues, bipolar, anxiety, complex truama, and body image & self-esteem.

Openings currently available @ Pittsford. Please contact for availability.

In-network with Cigna & MVP. $125 self-pay rate.

As someone who is LGBTQIA+ and grew up in a conservative community I know how living inauthentically can impact you. Navigating sexual and gender identity within a religious context can be challenging, and often brings about experiences of shame, denial, and repression. What starts as suppressing your emotions ends up as ongoing depression and anxiety as you continually make choices to minimize conflict rather than truly meet your own needs. I want you to know that it is possible to both feel better and create a life that is unapologetically yours.

I strongly believe in the healing power of art. I feel that the art-making process is inherently therapeutic, and lends itself to further reflection and inquiry. It allows us to connect with our inner selves through symbols, shapes, and colors, unlocking insights that might be hidden from our conscious awareness. I’m particularly drawn to the meaning of symbols and the stories they can reveal about us. Integrating mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, and meditation into sessions is also part of my practice. I find these tools can be helpful in enhancing self-awareness and can be utilized as lasting coping skills. I also love exploring dreams with my clients, as, just like artwork, I believe they can tell us so much about our inner world. I often work with clients on feeling more like your authentic self, improving your self-esteem, learning healthy coping skills, improving communication and boundaries, developing self-compassion, and learning to trust your own judgment and decisions. Overall as your therapist I hope to share new perspectives and ways of seeing, while creating a safe space for self-reflection. This is a place where you are welcome to show up as your full self without having to make yourself smaller or act like how you think you should be.

  • Do you find it difficult to verbalize how you are feeling to yourself and others?
  • Are worries and anxious thoughts making it difficult for you to relax and enjoy life?
  • Do you feel critical of yourself or struggle with body image concerns that impact your confidence and well-being?
  • Do you have a hard time being your authentic self in relationships?
  • Is there something you want to change in your life but you aren’t sure how to do it on your own?
  • Are you curious about yourself and want to understand your feelings on a deeper level?
  • Are you looking for a therapist who is personally part of the LGBTQPIA+ community?

If the answer to many of these is yes, please reach out to see how I can help. You can email me below or give me a call at 585-430-9877 x709.

Rivka Polisky, LCAT, ATR-BC is licensed in New York State as a creative arts therapist and is board certified at a national level. She has a MPS from Pratt Institute in art therapy and creativity development. She has been practicing art-based psychotherapy since 2019.

“Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness, and loss of belonging in the world and through it I’ll walk myself home.” 

n. rowe

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