Art Therapy at Willen Hospice
Art Therapy is a form of support Willen Hospice’s Patient and Family Services offer our patients, bereaved families, loved ones and carers.
With the support of an Art Therapist, our Art Therapy sessions offer a safe and confidential space to help express feelings whilst using a creative platform of communication, and usually last one hour benefitting any age.
Sessions at Willen Hospice will often involve the use of art materials such as pens, pencils, paints and more, to visually communicate feelings or to simply unwind. These creative hours can be playful and is a great way to try something new to take one’s mind off daily struggles, or reconnect with feeling of loss and a lost sense of control. The art created is kept confidential and the therapeutic relationship between the client, therapist and art work can explore difficult feelings. It can also aid relaxation and help to relieve symptoms of treatment.
Exploring creativity may give a sense of achievement, communicate experiences in a non-verbal way and help to process them. The art may also act as a legacy or help reminisce.
The next sessions will start on 18 April 2018 and run every Wednesday from 2-4pm for 4 weeks. The group will be facilitated by Rachael Donhou, Student art therapist, and Theresa Erhard, Patient and carer support coordinator.