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Art Therapy

Expressing Feelings and Promoting Healing for Cancer Patients

Why art therapy?

Cancer brings physical and emotional challenges that begin at diagnosis and continue through treatment. Your experiences are likely to be stressful. You may feel a wide range of emotions that come and go. It is very common to have feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, anger, hopelessness, loss of control, guilt or low self-esteem. This is perfectly normal. Art therapy can help you understand those feelings and find relief. The Art Therapy Program at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center can be an important part of a holistic approach to your cancer care that treats your body, mind and spirit. Art therapy can be an added layer of support that helps you live strong and feel better.

What is art therapy?

In art therapy, you create art as a way to become more aware of yourself and others, so you can sort out and express complicated emotions. By working with an art therapist, you can develop effective ways to cope with symptoms, stress and difficult experiences. Please see reverse side for more information.

How do I know if art therapy is right for me?

Loyola invites you to try art therapy as part of your cancer treatment regimen. Art therapy can help you to relax and have a more positive outlook. Your experiences with your art therapist influence the mind-and-body connection that is often considered essential to healing and well-being during treatment.To learn more and to discuss the possibilities, please call us at (708) 327-2277.

What can I expect?

Our art therapist will work with you to design an art-making experience that is best for you and your personal situation. You may choose from a wide array of artistic media, including drawing, painting, collage, beading and sculpture. Your sessions with the art therapist may take place individually, as a group or with family members. Although our Art Therapy Program is located in the Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, our art therapist holds sessions at many locations. Based on what is most convenient for you, your art therapy sessions may be held at the Coleman Center, in the hospital or outpatient cancer center on Loyola’s Maywood campus, as well as at various Loyola outpatient centers in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago.

How much does art therapy cost?

There are no fees for art therapy for Loyola cancer patients. The program is generously supported by a gift from The Zoë Foundation for Infusion Art Therapy, a foundation that is committed to providing a creative and positive outlet for all people who undergo chemotherapy infusions. Loyola Medicine is grateful to The Zoë Foundation for Infusion Art Therapy for bringing the gift of art therapy to our patients.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an art therapy appointment, please call (708) 327-2277.