The creative process opens new doors and insights to your soul. The goal of HAP is to provide patient centered, open studio approach for inpatients where creativity can be an option anytime of the day. Sometimes it helps to share your thoughts with another person.
HAP employs a masters trained certified art therapist to address the multifaceted needs of patients with illness. Specific expressive art activities are offered throughout the week to expose patients to a variety of modalities where individual styles and talents are encouraged.
Explore the Possibilities
- Creative writing
- Knitting, crochet
- Bead Making
- Polymer clays
- Fine Arts
- Painting (acrylic, watercolor)
- Art History books and tapes
- Make suggestions
- Music Therapy
Creativity activity raises alpha wave patterns typical of restful alertness - the relaxed bur aware state found in meditation. Serotonin, the chemical that alleviates feelings of depression is also increased during creativity. Engaging in creative projects helps to create a positive outlook which in turn boosts the immune system.
Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative process of art making is healing and life enhancing. Creativity helps patients and their families cope with the emotional stress of illness and its treatment. Art healing is a hands approach to overcoming obstacles in one's life. While artists in general focus on how the image looks, art healing's focus is on the engaging process of creating. Making art contributes to a feeling of normalcy and provides a sense of hope.
Researchers have found that people who write about their deepest thoughts and feelings surrounding upsetting events have stronger immunity and visit their doctors half as often as those who write only about trivial events. Writing about stressful events helps to come to terms with them thereby reducing the impact of these stressors on physical health. The creative process opens new doors and insights to your soul. Sometimes it helps to share your thoughts with another person. HAP employs a masters trained certified art therapist to address the multifaceted needs of patients with illness.
For more information contact:
Cynthia Lockhart, CMT, CAT M.Ed, Healing Arts Coordinator