Art therapy

When you are diagnosed with or receiving treatment for cancer you can experience a range of feelings that may be difficult to deal with. 

Such feelings might centre around your illness, or other past or present circumstances.

Expressing these feelings with a trained therapist can help reduce isolation, anxiety and stress.

For some people though, talking about these feelings may be difficult. Art therapy allows you to express feelings that might be hard to put into words. It offers psychological benefits on both a surface and a deeper level.

How can art therapy help?

Art therapy can help in a range of ways depending on your needs.

Some people use making art to simply relax and take their mind off their difficulties, or to have fun while trying something new. Others might find they wish to express or process difficult thoughts or feelings – making art might give them a sense of release, help them let something out or allow them to see things from a different perspective. Each person is different, and sessions are tailored to suit your needs.

How does it work?

Art therapy can take place individually or in groups. You do not need to be good at art or have any previous experience. The art therapist can work with you at your bedside or in the art therapy room. You can meet with the art therapist for a single session, or you and the art therapist might agree a course of sessions in a way that is suitable for your needs.

How do I get to see an art therapist?

Art therapy is available to both inpatients and outpatients. Referrals can be made through staff at The Royal Marsden, relatives or friends on your behalf, or you can refer yourself directly.

Chelsea – art therapist: 020 7808 2811
Sutton – art therapist: 020 8661 3005