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Do you enjoy toiling over an oil canvas or simply doodling on the corner of a page?
Research suggests that creating art has powerful healing properties- because art connects your mind and your body. Unlike exercise, which works your body, or meditation, which clears your mind, making a piece of art uses both, which has major health benefits. Every time you sit down to write a song or paint a picture, you’re using mental processes in a physically engaging activity. Art therapy directs this creative healing process inward to explore yourself and come to a deeper connection and understanding of who you are.
When a patient works with an art therapist or intern, they can expect to see the same benefits as traditional talk therapy. In cancer care, we focus on several goals. You may experience the following benefits:
A chronic illness diagnosis can cause you to go through different types of trauma:
Art therapists try to help you relieve these mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns by providing activities that touch your internal feelings with more than just words.
Mallory Montgomery, MS, ATR
Thank you to our clients, caregivers and loved ones who have supported the Art Therapy Program. Special thanks to our grant funder, The Zoe Foundation for Infusion Art Therapy, whose generous grants provide services at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
You can get involved through donations of art supplies, volunteering or monetary gifts. Art supply donations are received at Macomb and Detroit Hospital locations during class times. Visit our volunteer section to learn about ways you can participate in the program. To care it forward with a gift please call/email the development office to help make a difference (313) 876-1031 or email@example.com.
** Check with your insurance carrier for coverage limitations.
If you can't find a date/time that works for you please call the provider’s office. Not all appointment types at all locations are available online.
Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email CommunicationAccess@hfhs.org.