The Therapist

Kick Start Art Gallery has partnered with Crestar Health to provide art therapy to adults and youth in the community. It is proven that art therapy can a) reduce stress, b) promote self-awareness and personal growth, and c) improve emotional well being.



I believe that my role as an art therapist is:


to help people explore and express themselves authentically through art. Through this process, people may find relief from overwhelming emotions, crises or trauma. They may discover insights about themselves, increase their sense of well-being, enrich their daily lives through creative expression, or experience personal transformation. I recognize the power of art to expand self-understanding, to offer insight not available through other means, and to extend people’s ability to communicate. I also view art expressions as personal narratives conveyed through images, as well as through the stories that people attach to those images. Finding personal meaning in one’s images is often part of the art therapy process. For some people, it is one of the most potent therapeutic qualities of art expression. It is a powerful way of knowing yourself and a powerful form of healing.”



Cathy Malchiodi


Gallery Address – 117 E. Princess Anne RD, Norfolk VA 23510-2621