I’m Maya Benattar, a music therapist and psychotherapist in New York City.
I know what it’s like to try to control your world through endless schedules and to-do lists, to power through, to live on auto-pilot. To ignore long-held family stories that influence how you show up in the world. To criticize yourself so harshly.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There’s wisdom in your story and creativity in your bones.
I’ll help you slow down and reconnect with your body and your breath in a meaningful and creative way.
I was painfully shy as a child and teenager – so shy that I couldn’t ask the kid in front of me in math class to borrow a pencil, but I could sing in front of 200 people without batting an eye.
Music allowed me to feel confident, to feel accepted, to feel heard. As a kid growing up in a small rural town, with an unusual name, “exotic face” and a dad with an accent, this was everything.
Music and creativity can connect you directly to your past, present, and future selves – cutting through the chatter and BS straight to memory, emotion and hope.
I know that if I’m not real, I can’t expect you to be either. And when you feel safe to be real with me, we can work on how that translates into being real in the outside world. You’ll find that I curse, laugh loudly, wear jeggings and my “Nevertheless she persisted” necklace.
If you’re looking for therapy that allows you to stay in your anxiety loop and talk endlessly, I’m probably not the right therapist for you.
Women deserve to be loud, messy, sensitive, angry, shy and loved for exactly who they are. You can show up as a more bold, bad-ass, kind and loving version of yourself than ever before.
I’ll invite you to move out of your head (where you probably spend too much time anyway) and into your body, using mindfulness and breathing and your own music to help you slow down and reconnect with your inner world, feelings that may be totally unfamiliar or uncomfortable to you.
You can get by with how things are, but you’re ready for more. You’ve gotten used to living with your anxiety, but it’s a struggle. Things are hectic, your mind just never stops.
If you’re waiting for the world to slow down, you may be waiting a while.
Real change starts with you.
It starts with slowing down enough. And getting curious about what’s working and what’s not. When you get curious about how you show up in the world – in your work, your relationships, the way you talk to yourself – that’s how change begins.
Feeling calm and confident is your birthright. I can show you how.
If you’re ready to slow down and get unstuck, lean into your creativity, and reclaim the rhythm you deserve, let’s talk.
The Formal Stuff
New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) #001407
Board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) #08318
Masters in Music Therapy, New York University – 2009
Bachelors in Music Therapy, SUNY New Paltz – 2006
Post-graduate training in vocal psychotherapy with Dr. Diane Austin, in creative arts and trauma treatment at the Kint Institute, and Music & Imagery with Dr. Lisa Summer at Institute for Music & Consciousness