Medical Illness and Recovery Support 


“In the depths of winter,

I finally learned that within me there lay

an invincible summer.”

-Albert Camus


Cancer Care

Cancer Care: Art therapy can provide a safe space to process cancer and medical related experiences. Art therapy warmly supports you in the healing process with the following experiences (including but not limited to): 

  • Pain management
  • Fatigue/illness/neuropathy
  • Adjustment/transition
  • Loss associated with physical/emotional/mental/relational identity shifts
  • Attending to symptoms of anxiety, depression, confusion, loss of interest
  • Rebuilding life after cancer
  • Reclaiming sense of self and identity
  • Increase connection and social support systems
  • Loss and Grief/Bereavement
  • Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
  • Reduce feelings of frustration and anger
  • Heal from medical trauma
  • Existential questioning
  • End of life issues
  • Legacy work

Chronic Pain

Art Therapy combined with relaxation therapy techniques, provides a holistic approach to reducing the impacts of chronic pain. Utilizing a mind-body approach to reduce the physiological tension and stress of body and mind. Art therapy warmly supports you in the healing process with the following experiences (including but not limited to):

  • Pain management
  • Fatigue
  • Relational impacts
  • Improved sexual functioning
  • Lifestyle management
  • Acceptance
  • Reduction of anger/frustration/irritation
  • Meaning making
  • Motivation management
  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Mood Management
  • Exisential inquiry

Harvard Health Article: Art Therapy and Chronic Pain

USC Department of Nursing: Art Therapy and Chronic Conditions

Medical Illness

Medical art therapy supports people with a medical illness to express their emotions and experiences through art. It can help reduce a range of physical symptoms related to medical illness.

Art therapy can help alleviate the psychological effects that people with a medical illness experience including uncertainty about their health, impact on family and friends and working through stages of grief, stress, and trauma associated with a medical illness.

Some of the most common medical diagnoses where art therapy is useful include:

  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic health issues from long term syndromes
  • Post surgery recovery
  • Physical changes due to surgery
  • Near death experiences

 

 

 

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