Ricki Grater, LCSW, BC-DMT, C-IAYT (she/her)
I hold as my life’s dedication a desire to inspire health, consciousness, and creative living. As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, our work together is both holistic and integrative, including and engaging ALL of you – mind, body, and spirit, biography and biology, psyche and soma.
With over 25 years of clinical experience, I bring a wealth of training, including two masters from Hunter (Masters in Social Work and Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy, 1997) and decades of postgraduate training in a variety of evidence-based, trauma-informed psychotherapies from psychodynamic to existential, cognitive behavioral (CBT) to experiential (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Internal Family Systems (IFS)). I have just as many years of professional training in several expressive arts therapies, including Authentic Movement, Psychodrama, and Voice Dialogue. My 35-plus years of yoga training includes Kundalini, Anusara, Iyengar, Kripalu and vinyasa styles of Hatha yoga as well as Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Kundalini Mind Medicine. I hold numerous advanced professional certifications as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.
I’ve had a private psychotherapy practice in NYC since 2002 and in 2021 expanded into Grater Therapy Group. I’ve also worked as a mind/body in-house consultant at JP Morgan Chase, as well as a mind/body coach at numerous hedge fund, venture capital and law firms. I’ve led an ongoing Authentic Movement group since 1999 (paused briefly due to pandemic) and a weekly dance-movement therapy group for seniors with early memory loss 2017-pandemic. In January of 2020, I hosted my first international retreat in Costa Rica with Master Artist, Sonya Sklaroff, called “Paint, Stretch, Play: An Artistic Adventure.” Prior to going into private practice, I worked in acute inpatient psychiatric units in Manhattan and Long Island. And another lifetime ago I was an Advertising Executive in corporate America.
People say my energy, non-judgmental presence, and playful nature provide a safe space for personal inquiry, expression and growth. Whatever your goals and intentions, I will bring my presence, compassion, and wisdom gained from decades of professional and life experience to help you reach them
I am offering sessions both virtually and in-person.
When not working, I am likely dancing, doing yoga, spending time with family, or playing with my pups in Prospect Park.