Art therapy is a therapeutic intervention based on the belief that the creative process involved in the creation of art is therapeutic and life-enhancing. It is used to assist patients and their families in increasing self-awareness, coping with symptoms, and adapting to stressful and traumatic events. Art therapy can be experiential, such as by viewing paintings, or creative, such as by painting, drawing, sculpting, or other creative activities. Art therapy has been shown in multiple studies to have substantial benefits, including a reduction in anxiety, depression, and fatigue that can accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Art therapy can be done with a therapist, group, or by yourself. Here are some links which could help you learn more and connect with an art therapist and art therapy groups:
Below you will find a video explaining how art therapy can be beneficial from a patient perspective:
1. Lynne Eldridge, M. (n.d.). How Can Art Therapy Help Cancer Patients? Retrieved from https://www.verywellhealth.com/art-therapy-for-people-with-cancer-2248957
2. Tang, Y., Fu, F., Gao, H., Shen, L., Chi, I., & Bai, Z. (2019). Art therapy for anxiety, depression, and fatigue in females with breast cancer: A systematic review. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 37(1), 79–95. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2018.1506855