Art therapy


Art therapy uses the psychotherapeutic relationship between the art therapist, the patient, and the artistic process to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, and reduce and resolve conflicts and distress.

No experience with art materials is necessary to find success in art therapy. All skill levels welcome!

Art therapists can support patients and families in a number of ways, including:

  • Coping with new diagnosis
  • Providing opportunities for non-verbal self-expression
  • Alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Promoting self-expression and insight related to illness or injury
  • Promoting autonomy and control through the creative process
  • Assisting in the development of coping skills
  • Promoting fine/gross motor movement following injury or illness
  • Non-pharmacological symptom management
  • Supporting families through end of life

Ages: 3 years to adult
Days offered: Monday through Friday
Units covered: Expressive therapists offer unit-based support. Please connect with your treatment team to learn about resources available to your family while your child is hospitalized. 

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Holly Vanderbusch, ATR-BC, LPC
Holly Vanderbusch, ATR-BC , LPC

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