Kerry Kruk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist with 12 years’ experience working with families, adolescents, adults, and children. Ms. Kruk also obtained certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor and has been working in Virginia Beach since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts in in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry with an Interdisciplinary Area of Focus in Neuroscience from Lawrence University in 1998, and her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2004. Ms. Kruk’s years of experience include intensive in-home family centered treatment and art therapy, group work in substance abuse and sexual abuse trauma therapy, and inpatient crisis stabilization treatment for adults. In her experience providing art therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families, Ms. Kruk has witnessed the power and effectiveness of strengths-based art therapy to foster awareness, recovery, growth, and healing.
Kerry has worked with a wide-range of topics to include substance abuse and recovery, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, peer and family conflict, sexual abuse and PTSD. She is passionate about learning about the brain and how psychotherapeutic approaches, particularly art therapy, can effectively change perception and neurological function. Kerry describes her treatment approach as a coordinated synergy of person-centered art therapy, humor, positive psychology, narrative therapy, motivational enhancement, and family systems in order to address immediate concerns and to promote growth and progress. She believes in fostering a creative, therapeutic space in which self-discovery and growth are possible.
She is an avid presenter and public speaker and has presented her research as well as other topics on the practice of art therapy locally, nationally and internationally. She also has experience as a Human Rights Coordinator providing advocacy for individuals receiving community behavioral and developmental services. Kerry is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Campbell, M., Decker, K., Kruk, K., & Deaver, S. (in press). Art therapy and cognitive processing therapy for combat PTSD: A randomized, controlled trial. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
King, J. with Kruk, K. (2016). Conclusion. In J. King (Ed.), Art therapy, trauma, and neuroscience: Theoretical and practical perspectives (pp. 211-223). New York, New York: Routledge.
Kruk, K., Aravich, P., Deaver, S., & de Beus, R. (2014). Comparison of brain activity during drawing and clay sculpting: A preliminary qEEG study. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association 31(2), 52-60.