Art Therapy at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute

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Examples of Art Therapy paintings from patient classes.

Art Therapy Benefits

A chronic illness diagnosis can cause you to go through different types of trauma:

  • Grief over a changing identity or body
  • Fears about recurrence, surgery, and death

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.


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Art Therapy patients painting at Henry Ford Macomb.

Virtual Art Therapy Opportunities

One on One Virtual Art Therapy Care

Free one-on-one virtual art therapy is now available to all Henry Ford Cancer Institute patients.

Connect with Art Therapist Mallory Montgomery from the comfort of your home, and she will bring healing creativity to you through a variety of art projects. Art supplies can be provided at no cost, and projects will be chosen based on your interests.

To make an appointment, call 313-556-8736 or email Mallory at MMontgo2@hfhs.org

Live Art Therapy Open Studio

3rd Tuesday of the Month, 1-2:30pm
Contact: CancerSupportInfo@hfhs.org to register

Art for Wellness Journey: Guided Art Tutorials on YouTube

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Art Therapist Mallory Montgomery walks you through some art projects you can do at home anytime!


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A fun fall project with the Macomb Art Therapy Group.

What people are saying about Henry Ford Cancer Institute’s Art Therapy Program

  • “Art therapy has been very helpful. I will participate again when I come in for my next chemo session. I was very comfortable with the therapist and her approach, the program, and her deep insight. I am anxious to share again. I needed this!” – patient, Henry Ford Hospital
  • “The therapist is nice and understanding of different situations. I love how she listens to you and with you one-to-one. This program is great, wonderful!” – patient, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
  • “This program is so relaxing. I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you!” – patient, West Bloomfield Hospital
  • “With this program I felt really calm and good about coming to chemo. I looked forward to it every two weeks.” – patient, Henry Ford Hospital
  • “During my first chemo session I had a reaction to the chemo and was so distraught. The therapist was like a breath of sunshine to my children and me. I look forward to seeing her at each chemo session. I am truly grateful the Henry Ford offers this program. Love! Love! Love!” – patient, Henry Ford Hospital

Mallory Montgomery art therapy teacher

Art Therapy Team

Mallory Montgomery, MS, ATR
Art Therapist
248-760-3344
Mmontgo2@hfhs.org

Fast Facts about Mallory:

  • BA in Fine Arts and Neuropsychology, Alma College, 2014
  • MS in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling, Mount Mary University
  • Started working at Henry Ford Cancer Institute - Macomb, 2017
  • Expanded the Henry Ford Cancer Institute Art Therapy program to include individual and group therapy at Henry Ford Detroit Main Hospital, and group support therapy for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers at Henry Ford West Bloomfield, 2018
  • Specializes in healing art therapy services for creative self-expression, personal growth, and relaxation

A Special Thank You

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 developmenthf@hfhs.org.

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Colleen's Corner: Local and National Resources

Online Resources

  • Psychology Today: The Expressive Therapies Continuum, specialized training that guides an art therapist to help safely explore who you are together

  • Art As Therapy: What’s the difference between the Art Class you took in grade school and Art Therapy? A lot actually!

Learn More About Our Resources

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Call us at (888) 777-4167

Schedule Appointment Online

If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
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    • fever
    • chills
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    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

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.

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