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art therapy combined with music therapy improved mood of dialysis unit

07 Mar
An art therapist reports on her five years of work on a dialysis unit at a Cleveland hospital, where, with the help of a music therapist colleague, she helped many undergoing dialysis..
I worked as an art therapist on a dialysis unit in Cleveland, Ohio for five years. A music therapist (who made individualized tapes for each patient) joined me, and together we were successful in uplifting the mood and environment of the unit, both for the patients and the staff. We were certain we prevented blood pressures from dropping when people worked with us, and attempted a study to prove this. Unfortunately, statistics got in the way and we were never able to finish the study. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our belief that art and music therapies benefit and improve the dialysis experience.

Sara Dickman, M.S., ATR with Marianne Kallen.
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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award