Creative Arts Psychotherapy is a team of creative arts therapy professionals led by music psychotherapist Brian Harris. We are dedicated to providing high quality creative psychotherapeutic services to individuals with Alzheimer's and Dementia. We strive to meet our clients where they are, building on their strengths as we identify their needs. Through music, movement, art and verbal dialogue we encourage a full range of emotional communication and connection in our clients.
Letter from the daughter of a client regarding a session with one of our clinicians
"The time Brian spent with my mom yesterday was incredible. Through song she was able to express the loneliness, loss and sadness that she felt. I knew it was there, but I didn't know how to bring it out or what I would be able to do for her if it did come out.
"Brian, through music and his intuitive sensitivity, helped to let mom acknowledge and feel her sadness with words that came from her heart through her own words expressed through song. Her sadness, and mine too I admit, was tempered by Brian's soothing and accepting nature. He helped to heal the pain a bit and move on to joyfulness. In the short amount of time, he moved along with mom from sadness to laughter and joy with singing, music, talk and the dancing that we all joined together in.
"When Brian left Mom was so happy from her time with him - joyous I would say. Brian has a true gift. I thank him for sharing it with me and my mom."
Dr. Sylvia Seidman (Editor and author of The New Old: Struggling for Decent Aging)
"Brian Harris is a music therapist of great sensitivity and intelligence who has the gift of creating innovative approaches in his work with clients. For the past year, Brian has been working weekly with my husband, who has Alzheimer's. Through song and playing instruments, Brian has engaged him in positive interactions, opening new avenues of communication. Through skillful discussion, he has been able to elicit verbal dialogue from my husband, who suffers from aphasia. Clearly, successful bonding has been established. I recommend that all in need contact Brian."
Founding Director, Brian T. Harris MA, MT-BC, LCAT is a music psychotherapist based in NYC.
Brian holds a Masters degree from New York University, where he is now an adjunct faculty member and is pursuing a PhD from Lesley University. He has worked for nearly 20 years with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and developed the services at Creative Arts Psychotherapy through his extensive clinical work and research. Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally.