Treating Mind and Spirit as One

Julia Kristeller

Rev. Julia Kristeller

Rev. Julia Kristeller is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Pastoral Care Specialist with a strong background in the Creative Art Therapies. She brings over 35 years experience facilitating creative programs in educational, corporate, spiritual, community, and healthcare settings.

At PSI she works in Interfaith Community Outreach and support, particularly with immigrant women in, and offers unique programs for creative and spiritual sustenance, adjunct to PSI’s clinical services.

A graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in Manhattan, Julia holds a Masters in Creative Arts and Learning, from Lesley University and a BA in Psychology and Education from Mt. Holyoke College. She is the founder of Ovations! offering spiritual and Interfaith rituals, gatherings, weddings, and other ceremonies. Julia has taught undergraduates and graduate students about the power of play and expressive and art therapy and presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She also draws on her many years of work with patients, staff and families in hospice and hospitals and her pastoral care experience in congregational settings.

Julia’s diverse depth of experience gives her unique insight into human and spiritual development and into the importance of the creative process at work and in our personal growth an healing. She believes we could be living and working more effectively, fully, and joyfully if we had greater access to the creative expression that is our birthright.

Services for Creative & Spiritual Sustenance

Living Through Transitions: Re-Creating Ourselves:

Life transitions often call on us to re-create a new image of ourselves—or our life as we know it. The creative arts and journaling can be both healing and empowering tools during such times.

  • Creative/Spiritual Journaling Group: Safe, supportive space to process, problem-solve, and create together through transitions.

Taking Time Out: Re-Treating Ourselves:

Stress and multi-tasking are endemic in today’s lifestyle and workplaces. These sessions offer an accessible way to take time apart to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.

  • Mini-Retreats: Full or half-day retreats for creative and spiritual sustenance—without leaving the city. Nothing to accomplish but to take restorative time for you and your creative spirit.
  • Caring for Caregivers: For Faith Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Therapists. Targeted retreats and workshops that creatively integrate mind/body/spirit. Take time to care for your own well-being as you continue to meet the ongoing demands of supporting others.
  • Staff Development: Creativity workshops carefully designed to enhance personal efficacy, work relationships, problem solving, visioning, and communications—and to relieve staff stress. Unique experiences that tap into staff resources not always accessed through traditional staff development or meetings.

All services can be customized for your particular group or organizational needs, and may be co-facilitated with other PSI staff.

Contact Rev. Kristeller at or 212-285-0043 x115.

Read Julia’s PSI Mind&Spirit Blog: What’s Love Got to do With It?: Getting to the Heart of the Matter