About Kelsey A. Skerpan, ATR-BC, LMHC

Specialty: Art Therapist, Pediatrics, Adults, Families Education/Training: Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University
Certification: Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Years in practice: Since 2016
Years at MGHCC: Since 2017

What drew you to your specialty?: While working with children prior to pursuing a career in art therapy, I witnessed the power of art and its ability to facilitate storytelling, self-expression, and pure happiness. I knew I wanted to work in a profession where the goal was to help others and through that journey, I found art therapy. It just clicked for me as a fusion of my two passions; art and working to help others. Working at MGHCC has allowed me to share the power of art as a therapeutic tool. I have witnessed its ability to connect individuals and allow them to explore ideas that may be too big for words.

Favorite part of your job: I love being able to meet amazing new people and bring joy to them and their families through the creative process. Seeing smiling faces and messy hands during a child’s treatment journey is one of the most rewarding experiences. From facilitating the creation of powerful pieces to express big ideas, to providing a process to promote relaxation or fun, the opportunities are endless.

What you’d like to tell patients/family members about integrative therapies/your specialty: Art Therapy requires no prior skill in art making, it just requires a splash of creativity and openness to try something new. Art therapy is practiced by registered art therapists who have earned a Master’s degree approved by the American Art Therapy Association and have supervised clinical experience in the field. Every art therapy session has the patient and family in mind, focusing on goals and interests of the individual or group. Goals might include decreasing stress and anxiety, supporting emotional expression, providing enrichment and a sense of normalcy, and developing ways of coping during treatment.

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