Art Therapy

The Parish School art therapist works with a student

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork are used to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. Art can allow an individual to express things that are not always expressible verbally – a huge advantage for those who don’t have the language to talk about what’s inside of them. (American Art Therapy Association)

How does it work?

Individual art therapy is provided by a licensed art therapist on The Parish School campus. This service is included with tuition and is usually short-term in nature, depending on the needs of the child. (About 10 sessions on average, 30 minutes in length.) 


Krissy Christofakis, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT
Art Educator/Therapist