Art therapy

What it is

A way to express feelings using visual art.

Why use it

Participants work through issues that come up while creating art. It can also help with solving problems, improving mood and reducing stress.

What to expect

Art therapy may be done individually or in a group. You don’t need to be good at art to benefit or participate – the emphasis is on the process of producing artwork, not on the result. You can create any type of art: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture or digital work. You will discuss the work with the therapist to encourage an understanding of your emotions and concerns.


Clinical studies have shown that art therapy helps manage symptoms of fatigue. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it improves coping skills, emotional wellbeing and quality of life.

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