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McGrath Art Therapy
Positive Change Begins at Home

James McGrath, LCSW

James McGrath, LCSW, an independent art therapist, has been counseling children and their families in the home setting for over two decades. He excels at assisting resistant clients, children who cannot communicate, children who are prone to outbursts, families in crisis and those dealing with emotionally charged and challenging situations. James strives to bring positive change to families that may be discouraged due to unsuccessful interventions by previous therapists.

James uses art therapy to address a wide variety of problem areas. These include:
depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, complex grief and loss.

Additionally, James works with challenges associated with adoption and foster care, as well as oppositional behaviors including school refusal and stress management.

James also specializes in the needs of families dealing with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The following is a sampling of the techniques he utilizes to assist clients: art therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic counseling, communications skills training, behavioral interventions, dream interpretation, moral development (based on Kohlberg’s Theory), family relationship building and anger management.

Professional training:

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Member of the American Art Therapy Association
  • Licensed as a social worker by the State of Virginia
  • Degree in pastoral counseling from Enfield College of Higher Education, London, UK (7/89-6/92)
  • Foundation course in Art Therapy, Hertfordshire University, St. Albans, UK, (1/92-6/92)
  • Post-graduate diploma in art therapy, Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK, (1/93-12/93)
  • Master’s in social work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, (8/95-8/97)

Agencies Served:

  • Chesterfield CSB
  • Chesterfield and Colonial Height’s DSS
  • Chesterfield CAST (Child and Adolescent Services Team)
  • Fluvanna County DSS
  • Grafton School
  • Henrico County Department of Human Resources
  • Henrico County DSS
  • Hopewell DSS
  • Kids in Focus
  • Louisa County DSS
  • Orange County DSS
  • St. Joseph’s Villa — Sara Dooley Centre for Autism

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