Biography and Philosophy

Sophia Saad worked as a special education teacher in New York City for over ten years and spent most of that time working in a prestigious, private, special education school in Manhattan. She taught students with various learning differences using a multisensory, individualized approach across all content areas.


During her time in the classroom, she recognized the need to provide children with (and without) language-based learning differences an opportunity to express themselves in ways other than through their words. With a B.S. in special education, Sophia pursued a master’s degree and license in art therapy in the state of New York. She saw the need for and developed a school-based art therapy program that targets emotional and social development as well as self-awareness. Through Sophia's art therapy program, she builds students’ confidence and increases their understanding of their strengths and challenges. Students are supported in recognizing and implementing individualized strategies and techniques to maintain regulation and address social and emotional situations. 


With a strong belief that all students need to develop confidence and self-awareness to be true learners, Sophia feels strongly about using a holistic approach in order to increase children’s confidence as learners and as members of their community. Encouraging the development of mindfulness, she regularly incorporates yoga and meditation into her teaching and therapeutic practice. 

Licensing and Certification

Art Therapy and Yoga:

  • MPS (Masters Professional Science) in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts

  • ATR-BC (Art Therapy Registered-Board Certified)

  • LCAT (Licensed Creative Art Therapist)

  • Yale Center For Emotional Intelligence RULER program experience 

  • Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training from Yogi Beans (July 2018)

Educational Support:

  • BS in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University

  • NYS certified special education teacher

  • Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification 

  • Singapore Math and Stern Math training 

  • Judith Hochman Writing Program training 

  • Sounds in Motion 

Saad Art Therapy
Social-Emotional-Cognitive Growth 

Contact Information

Office - Upper West Side 


Phone: 917-544-3749

Instagram: SaadArtTherapy