Living with epilepsy can be challenging. Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program, a partnership between Epilepsy Foundation and Lundbeck, has shown art therapy can improve self esteem in people living with epilepsy. Through this multi-week art therapy program, participants are given the opportunity to creatively express themselves and their emotions.
The Studio E program offers weekly group art therapy sessions for adults, teens and children living with epilepsy. The participants work with licensed art therapists using a variety of artistic media, including painting, sketching and sculpting over several sessions.
Explore your creative side
“Through the creative process, art therapy provides people a non-verbal way to identify, communicate and work towards resolving conflicts and problems, and consequently to reduce stress, increase self-esteem and restore an internal locus of control,” said Dr. Steven Schachter, professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School and chief academic officer, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.
Express yourself through art
“There is a special place for art among people living with epilepsy who sometimes struggle with self-expression and connecting with others. Society’s tendency to stigmatize seizures can take a toll and impact self-esteem. I believe art therapy can help people work through these difficulties. That’s why I’m so passionate about Studio E,” said Lucy Vitko, Program Manager and Art Therapist, Epilepsy Foundation.
Studio E Goals
The epilepsy art therapy program aims to promote the following:
- Artistic expression
- Building autonomy
- Art as empowerment
- Emotional stability
- Sense of self-worth
- Connection with others
Studio E is open to artists of all talent levels, whether you are a professional artist of have never held a paint brush.
Participate in a Studio E event
Learn more about Studio E and how to get involved via Lundbeck’s web site.
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