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Art Therapy

What is the Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is the application of the visual arts and the creative process within a therapeutic relationship, provided by an art therapist, to support, maintain, and improve overall health. For individuals and families affected by cancer, art therapy can address the many psychosocial challenges in connection with their unique cancer experience. There is no artistic or creative background, ability, or experience needed to benefit from art therapy. 

What are the benefits of Art Therapy and Art Classes?

Art therapy can help patients and caregivers to express their thoughts and feelings about illness and treatment while building resiliency, personal empowerment and self-efficacy. Art therapy has been shown to have the following benefits:

  • Anxiety, stress reduction and promote relaxation
  • Positive changes in mood, emotional states
  • Improve coping skills and overall quality of life

What should I expect during an Art Therapy session?

Art Therapy program options:

  • Open Studio Art (In-person): Follow your own inspiration and choose from a variety of materials such as paint, clay, fabric and yarn… or even bring in your knitting or hand sewing project to work on in an atmosphere of motivation and encouragement. This class is led by a Licensed Creative Art Therapist (LCAT) and involves therapeutic elements.
  • Mindfulness Art Studio (In-person): Participants will have the opportunity to learn self-care practices, discover personal strengths, and cope with change through guided art making and interaction with others. Encouragement and guidance are provided by a licensed and board-certified Art Therapist with healing as the primary goal.  This class is led by a Licensed Creative Art Therapist (LCAT) and involves therapeutic elements.
  • Open Studio Art (Zoom): Producing art is known to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve quality of life. Our weekly art class participants will develop their own creation or follow step–by–step instructions for a structured art project. This class is led by an Artist and focuses on technique and art creation.

How can I register for a class?

No referral is needed for art therapy. Just give us a call at (585) 486-0630 to register for a class. The monthly class schedule is available on our website.

Who teaches the art classes?

Visit our staff team page to meet our art instructors!

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