What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy uses painting, sculpting, pottery, crafts and other forms of creativity to reduce stress, encourage the expression of feelings and emotions, and promote relaxation. Art therapists assist in selecting materials and guiding you through the creative process.

  • Art Therapy is a creative form of verbal and nonverbal therapy.
  • The focus of Art Therapy is to improve quality of life throughout treatment and as a survivor.
  • You can express yourself, tell your life stories and share your feelings when you create art.
What are the benefits of Art Therapy?
  • Studies have shown that art therapy can help to reduce pain, anxiety and depression.
  • Art therapy can also help you to develop new coping skills during a difficult time.
Who can do Art Therapy?
  • Art therapy is for patients, caregivers, families and groups.
  • You do not need an art background to take part in Art Therapy.
Where can I learn more about the Art Therapy program at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center?
  • Our Art Therapy sessions take place at the bedside, during treatment and in support groups.
  • Sessions are led by art therapists who have a master's degree and training in counseling.
  • Referrals are made to our art therapist by doctors, nurses and social workers.
  • For more information, please call 216-844-1211.

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