Ricki Grater, LCSW, BC-DMT, C-IAYT
Founder, Clinical Director, Psychotherapist
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, I bring a holistic approach to all I do.
With over 25 years of clinical experience, my training is extensive, including two masters from Hunter College Graduate School (one in Social Work and one in Dance-Movement Therapy, 1997) and decades of postgraduate training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies, as well as Authentic Movement, Psychodrama, Voice Dialogue, and multiple bodymind healing modalities. My 35-plus years of experience in yoga includes Kundalini, Anusara, Iyengar, Kripalu and vinyasa styles of Hatha yoga as well as Buddhist mindfulness meditation. I hold numerous advanced certifications as a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist.
I’ve had a private practice in NYC since 2002, working with adults facing a full-range of concerns and goals. Prior to that, I worked as a Creative Arts Therapist/Dance-Movement Therapist in a hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. I was there full time for 6 years (following grad school) and then continued working in inpatient part-time for another 12 years. In addition to my private practice, from 2002-2005 I worked 2 days/week at JP Morgan Chase as a stress management, career counselor and life coach. And consulted at a number of hedge fund, venture capital and law firms. I’ve run an ongoing weekly Authentic Movement group since 1999 (currently on pause due to pandemic). And ran a weekly dance-movement therapy group for seniors with early memory loss through an organization called Memory Tree 2017-pandemic. In January of 2020, I was delighted to offer my first international retreat (a real bucket list item!) to Costa Rica with Master Artist, Sonya Sklaroff, called “Paint, Stretch, Play: An Artistic Adventure.” Prior to graduate school I was an Advertising Executive (but that was another lifetime ago).
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.
When not working, I am likely dancing, doing yoga, spending time with family, or playing with my pup in Prospect Park.