Art Therapy

Art Therapy is the planned use of ‘art making’ to assist the wellbeing of people with identified emotional, spiritual, social or physical needs.

Serena Stace – Art Therapist

Our registered Art Therapist, Serena Stace (MNZAC and AThR) uses art therapy to support patients and whānau members including children and young people, throughout the time of illness, dying and in bereavement, both individually or in family groups.

Art Therapy enables reflection, understanding, commemoration and expression of feelings in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Serena is experienced in working with people of all ages who are experiencing grief and loss. Art Therapy is a particularly useful way of supporting children and young people, because it involves the non-verbal process of art making in a therapeutic environment. Children often report that they find they feel less scared of hospice after Art and Music Therapy sessions and are more at ease at asking for help when they need it.

Art Therapy requires no previous skill in art making and you do not have to be artistic or talented to come to art therapy. Art Therapy can provide a chance to try something new at a time when choices and capacities are limited. In Art Therapy, patients and whānau members might make a FIMO thumbprint, capture the imprint of a hand, assemble a special greeting card, paint a ‘memory stone’, construct a memory book or box, string a beaded sun catcher or gift pendant, or engage in sensory exploration and just ‘chill out’ from mental stress. Family members may also want to create something for the funeral or burial, or make a ritual object that represents their love.

Art Therapy is offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, from 8am – 4:30pm.  Combined Art and Music Therapy sessions are also available.

If you would like to know more about how Art Therapy could support you and your family and whānau, please contact Serena Stace on 04 569 7921 or email serena.stace@teomanga.org.nz