The profession of art therapy believes that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. Through creating, reflecting about and processing art, one can increase self-awareness, foster coping skills, manage stress, enhance cognitive abilities and enjoying the life affirming pleasures of artistic creativity. Art therapy allows for the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages through verbal and non-verbal expression.
At the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, each child’s specific needs and goals are addressed in the art making process. Whether it is aiding in sensory integration, using art to enhance communication skills, promoting independence in art making, or providing an outlet for creativity and self-expression, art therapy can be utilized with all of the children at the Pediatric Center. Siblings and families are also welcome to engage in art therapy as a means of creative and emotional expression and family bonding.
Art therapy services are provided by a master’s level, licensed and credentialed art therapist with a background in psychology, special needs and child development.
Services offered by the Art Therapy Department at the Pediatric Center include: individual and group art therapy, sensory art therapy, family-based art therapy and bereavement art therapy.
Please contact Caroline Mason, Art Therapist, at (914) 294-6258 or e-mail her at CMason@setonpediatric.org for more information about the program or to inquire about internship opportunities.