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People seek therapy for a variety of reasons: feelings of anxiety or depression, a desire to improve your relationships or communication skills, a change in work or family, a significant loss or traumatic event, creative blocks or a feeling of “being stuck,” to find your purpose, or simply to know yourself better. Whatever your reason, I create a safe space in which to explore the issues that matter to you. Together we will look at how unresolved conflicts from the past might be interfering with your functioning in the present. We will examine the patterns and dynamics that might be getting in the way of a more authentic, productive, and joyful life. Putting thoughts and feelings into words is the first step toward meaningful transformation. Through attuned listening, I will help you to access unconscious blocks and fears, and offer support and guidance as we journey toward growth, self-discovery and healing.

Gabriela Kohen, LP

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Creative Coaching

Meet Amelia

About Me

Gabriela Kohen, LP

My journey toward becoming a psychoanalyst has not been a linear one. I originally started out in the theater as an actor and playwright. I got my MFA at the American Conservatory Theater, and embarked on my career in the theater. I loved the world of emotion that the theater provided, and the stories that were told about the human experience. Quite by chance, I saw an ad from an organization called Creative Alternatives of NY that was seeking actors to work therapeutically with psychiatric patients—they provided training. I worked with Creative Alternatives running therapeutic theater groups for 20 years. Later, I got certified as a creative arts therapist at the New School for Social Research, and I have used acting, poetry, dance and movement, music and writing as a therapeutic tool to help a variety of populations. I worked with adults, adolescents and children, as well as with recovering addicts at Mt Sinai Medical Center for 15 years, both outpatient and inpatient. I ran therapeutic theater groups with survivors of domestic violence at Sanctuary for Families, with teen mothers and at-risk youth at Bethany House, and with women and girls who had been sexually trafficked at RestoreNYC, to name a few.


In 2009, I decided to begin studying psychoanalysis. I had been in my own analysis for many years, and experienced first-hand how healing and transformative it was for me. I wanted to go deeper in my therapeutic work, and the field of drama therapy felt limiting to me. I enrolled at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, where I found the theory and language to understand the deeper workings of the mind. I am currently an advanced doctoral candidate at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and my doctoral dissertation is about the intersection between the creative arts and psychoanalysis. I view psychoanalysis as an evolving art as well as a science—a creative space in which to work together toward self-acceptance, purpose, and healing. 



  • Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis-Advanced Doctoral Candidate (for PsyaD)

  • Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies—LP

  • American Conservatory Theater--MFA

  • New School for Social Research-- Creative Arts Therapies Certification

  • National Institute for the Psychotherapies-- Internal Family Systems

Publications and Awards

  • Pearl Drop and the Magic Starship: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Trans Solution. (2023) - Modern Psychoanalysis

  • Co-Creating Healing Dramas. (2019) - in E. Nash and S. Wise, Healing Trauma in Group Settings: The Art of Co-leader Attunement

  • Phyllis H. Meadow Award for Excellence in a Psychoanalytic Research Paper (2023)

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

What Is Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Psychoanalysis is a type of psychotherapy that helps people explore why they feel the way they do, or why they engage in particular behaviors that might not serve them.


We can often feel confused about our feelings, or feel stuck in particular patterns. As a trained psychoanalyst, I listen for the unconscious clues that help you gain insight into your conflicts, fears, and your deepest desires. Together, we will explore your present circumstances and locate the patterns and behaviors which no longer serve you. Through a supportive and collaborative process, we will make discoveries that will help you gain the clarity you need to make meaningful change.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Can Help You:

  • Find relief from depression and anxiety

  • Regulate your emotions

  • Stop self-destructive patterns and behaviors

  • Find new creative coping strategies

  • Gain insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors

  • Work through creative blocks

  • Process and move through trauma

  • Foster more effective communication

  • Promote more intimacy

  • Cultivate meaningful interpersonal relationships

  • Boost confidence, self-awareness, and self-acceptance

Creative Coaching

What Is Creative Coaching?

Do you feel stuck or blocked? Are you hoping to make a career change in the arts? Do you need help developing your one-person-show or your latest novel? In creative work, sometimes we need to get out of our own way in order to allow the creative process to unfold. I can help you work through your creative blocks, figure out your plot lines, or help you break into the role you were meant to play. In this goal-oriented approach, we can work collaboratively toward your artistic vision. As an actor and playwright, certified in the creative arts therapies and licensed as a psychoanalyst, I will work with you creatively and therapeutically to unleash your full creative potential.

Creative Coaching Can Help You:

  • Resolve resistances and creative blocks

  • Brainstorm ideas and get feedback for creative projects

  • Develop your play, novel, one-person-show, film or creative project

  • Flesh out existing writing into a working script or novel

  • Work on self-tapes/auditions

  • Create or flesh out characters for performance

  • Work through stage fright to get you performance-ready

Getting Started

Rates and Insurance

My fee is comparable to other psychoanalysts at my level of experience in New York City.

Most insurance plans will reimburse a percentage for out of network providers, and I will provide you with the necessary paperwork.

I accept zelle, ACH bank transfer or check

Booking Your First Session

To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page, email me at, or call me at (646) 522-0434 

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a session, please let me know 24 hours in advance.

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(646) 522-0434

80 University Place, Suite 2D, New York, NY, 10003

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