Tracy Sondern & Alyce Waxman: How to Stay Creatively Engaged at Any Age

Beyond Artist's Block

Sep 1 2023 • 33 mins

Today’s Guests: Tracy Sondern is a therapist and creator of the group Ageism and the Creative Professional. She spent over 30 years working in the world of fashion, celebrity and advertising photography in both New York and Los Angeles. Much of that time was spent as the creative partner to her husband, a successful photographer. Her interest in therapy for creatives stems from supporting her husband through the emotional ups and downs of the business, through several reinventions, and helping him stay creatively alive.

Alyce Waxman is currently training for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor at Southern California Counseling Center, where she sees individuals as well as run two groups: Ageism and the Creative Professional and the Relational and Support Group. She is earning her master's degree at Antioch University in Los Angeles and also holds degrees in art history from Carleton College in Minnesota and graphic design from Parsons in New York City. Prior to training to become a therapist, she had a 25-year career as a creative director for brands. Alyce is interested in working with the creative population as well as work that is collaborative and relational. As a former creative professional herself, she can relate to the unique needs of a creative.


  • The effects of aging on creatives’ identity and self-worth

  • Facing the prevalence of ageism in creative industries

  • The power of collaboration and community to inspire and uplift

  • Similarities between the creative process and the therapeutic process


  • Tracy Sondern

You can find more info about the Ageism and the Creative Professional group under the Services section of Tracy’s website

  • Alyce Waxman



Beyond Artist's Block represents the opinions of its host and guests and is not meant as a substitute for therapy. It is for informational and educational purposes only. Please reach out to your healthcare provider with any specific questions you may have.

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