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

Live Art Therapy Open Studio

3rd Tuesday of the Month, 1-2:30pm
Contact: [email protected] to register

Art for Wellness Journey: Guided Art Tutorials on YouTube

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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
  • “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

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 [email protected].

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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!

See Resources

Newly diagnosed?

Contact the cancer team 24/7 by calling (888) 777-4167.

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Already a Henry Ford patient?
For the best experience, existing Henry Ford patients can request and self-schedule appointments through Henry Ford MyChart.

Henry Ford Health 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 [email protected].

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