Art therapy is a unique opportunity for people of all ages – children, teens and adult – to express themselves creatively while dealing with stress, grief and loss. Art can produce a powerful release of feelings that can be healing to the mind, body and spirit. Our licensed art therapist offers encouragement and guidance while emphasizing the process of the artwork, not the final product. Artistic talent or prior training is not required.
Common goals of art therapy include relaxation and stress relief, providing insight on emotions, and encouraging communication between loved ones. For those who are grieving, art therapy can also be a creative tool for sharing memories and exploring coping skills. These goals may be achieved through:
Self-Espressive Art – creating artwork spontaneously, based on current emotions, moods and thoughts
Art Studio – creating artwork for relaxation and as a healing outlet for stress and life transitions
Legacy Projects – gift making, intergenerational art projects, memory books, albums and memory boxes
Music therapy is a creative opportunity for patients and families to express emotions within an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. Individuals may join in the making of music or choose to listen – or both. Therapeutic experiences may include song writing, music performances, vocal or musical improvisation. No musical background or experience is necessary to enjoy the many benefits of music therapy, including:
- Positive changes in mood, relaxation, peace and comfort
- Anxiety and stress reduction
- Social interaction with caregivers and family members
- Memory recall, reminiscence and satisfaction with life
Music therapy can be used for special needs as well. For patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, music therapy can enhance socialization, assist in recall and language skills and decrease the frequency of agitated behavior. Those coping with a crisis can benefit from lower blood pressure, reduced heart rate and less muscle tension. Music therapy can help children manage pain and stressful situations; it may also encourage self-expression, communication and motor development.