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Kathryn Snyder

Kathryn Snyder, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, PhD Candidate

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Kathryn Snyder is the founder and director of Parent to Child Therapy Associates and Spark School-Based Art Therapy in Center City Philadelphia. She is a board certified, registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor with 20 years of clinical experience. Her current practice focuses on integrative and collaborative mental health and developmental treatment of children, young adults and families. With an emphasis on early intervention to remediate social, emotional and learning challenges, Kathryn offers a range of services for very young children with developmental delays as well as psychological support for children of all ages. Kathryn has created group programming to address social skills learning, and emotional regulation and expression for children. Additionally, with her expertise in postpartum stress, Kathryn has worked with numerous new mothers for individual support and has run group programming to support this challenging stage in the family life cycle. Kathryn runs workshops for parents, school personnel and other professionals and presents her work locally and nationally.


Through Spark, Kathryn has brought art therapy services to public and charter schools in Philadelphia through grant-funded programs. Spark therapists have run groups for recent immigrant and refugee children, children diagnosed with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders and children experiencing psychological stresses that interfere with their learning. Being part of a school means that children who might not otherwise be seen for clinical care can receive the support they need and schools, families and therapists can work together to create healthy environments and interventions that enable children to grow and thrive. 


Kathryn is also a PhD candidate at Drexel University with an anticipated graduation date of June, 2023. Her research is focused on integrating art therapy into preschool programming and looking at the impact of art therapy on emergent literacy for this age group. Additionally, she has focused her studies on other areas of pediatric art therapy including art therapy in pediatric cancer care, Museum-based art therapy, and the use of visual tools in mixed-methods research. Her work is at the intersection of art therapy/mental health, education, and child development. Kathryn has extensive teaching experience in art therapy and associated psychology and counseling departments.


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