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Art Therapy

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Art Therapy is an integrative mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the clinical, evidence-based application of art and creative processes within a therapeutic relationship (American Art Therapy Association, 2017).

At Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center, The Faris Foundation Art Therapist helps children and their families cope and adjust to their hospital experience, from a new diagnosis to medical treatment.

Since art naturally connects to how children relate and communicate about their world, art therapy can provide a safe and developmentally appropriate way for children to navigate the world of the hospital.

From painting, collage, mixed mixed media and digital media, art therapy offers creative tools and interventions through creative expression that aim to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide opportunities for creativity and self-expression
  • Promote relaxation and pain management
  • Increase positive self-esteem and resilience
  • Develop healthy problem-solving and adaptive skills
  • Foster peer support and a sense of community in the medical environment
  • Decrease stress and anxiety related to illness experience
  • Improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions
  • Facilitate legacy-building and memory-making

Art Therapy Services

Group, individual, open studio and co-treatment art therapy sessions are provided to various inpatient units and populations throughout Texas Children’s Hospital. Learn more about Art Therapy at Texas Children's Hospital

Meet our Art Therapist

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Leara Glinzak, MSAT, ATR-BC is a board-certified art therapist and The Faris Foundation Art Therapist at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center. Ms. Glinzak is grounded in a person-centered approach and utilizes a creative process to encourage self-transformation and healing. Her passion for advocating the benefits of art therapy led her to become a nationally-recognized presenter and workshop facilitator in the field of art therapy.

Her experience spans numerous areas of care and populations, including: grief and trauma, addiction, mental health, dementia, and pediatric hematology/oncology. Her work has been published in the peer-reviewed, Journal of the American Art Therapy Association

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About The Faris Foundation

The Faris Foundation established the Art Therapy program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center, and works closely with the art therapist and the Child Life team in order to continuously improve our services for all children and ensure that everything we do is meaningful and magical. Having witnessed the healing power of art in Faris’ cancer journey, The Faris Foundation believes every child should have access to art as a part of their plan of care. A growing body of scientific research confirms this – that art can be transformative in the lives of children and families undergoing medical treatment. Learn more at thefarisfoundation.org