Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept insurance? 

We are registered and board-certified art therapists. Licensing for art therapists is in process in Virginia.  We provide a receipt, which will include one of our individual NPI numbers.  You may then submit this receipt to your insurance company or Health Services Account (HSA) to see if the sessions may be covered. 


Is art therapy only for people who can do art?
Do you need to be an artist, or know about art materials, to engage in art therapy?

Art therapy is for anyone who would like to try using a visual form of self-expression.  No previous art experience is necessary or expected. 



How is art therapy used?

Art therapy can be used in different ways, for different needs, with different populations. A rich variety of art materials and techniques are introduced for use while creating and communicating. By engaging with a qualified art therapist and developing skills with the art materials, creative problem-solving can be promoted, focus can be increased, fine and gross motor control can be improved, and a richly gratifying personal art process can be experienced.



My child’s behavior has changed but she hasn’t talked about anything that might be the cause.  Can art therapy help?

Art therapy is an excellent intervention for those who cannot find or know the words to express thoughts and feelings.  It is particularly effective with children, who use art naturally as their language to communicate. 


My teen has withdrawn from his family/ teachers/ and/or friends.  Is art therapy something that could help?

It is natural for adolescents to want and need to separate from family during this time of their lives.  Offering choices in the art studio provides teens with the opportunity to creatively and metaphorically work through personal and emotional challenges, all the while finding their own unique direction.



What are some treatment issues that benefit from art therapy? 

Clients may seek art therapy for help with loss, anxiety, depression, feelings of low self-worth, or a history of abuse.  Impulsivity, lack of social skills, and educational delays, all of which interfere with student growth, often benefit easily from art therapy intervention. 


What are the benefits of art therapy?

Researchers have found that doing art therapy is helpful in making positive changes to brain chemistry. The process of art therapy naturally identifies individual strengths and cultivates self-awareness. Further benefits include reduced anxiety and inner turmoil, plus the fostering of emotional resilience.