Supporting Your Family

Psychotherapy Services:

Art Therapy & Music Therapy

About Psychotherapy Services: Art Therapy & Music Therapy

At New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, our licensed creative arts therapists provide, individual, group, and family centered treatment using a scope of evidenced-based creative arts therapy and trauma-informed interventions that address physical pain, psychological and emotional distress, and promote autonomy, resilience, and posttraumatic growth.

Creative arts therapy at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital aims to provide effective creative arts psychotherapy that is considerate and responsive to the cultural identities of patients and families. We center the importance of the therapeutic relationship in developing trust for individuals to engage in depthful and transformative care. Lastly, we strive towards upholding anti-oppressive practice through engaging in critical analysis of systemic oppression, individual biases and their impact on patient care.

In addition, our licensed creative arts therapists actively facilitate trauma-informed staff wellness and resilience programming, and advocate for creative arts therapy education in the medical setting.

Potential benefits from Art Therapy and Music Therapy

Creative art therapies have been shown to be effective and valid treatment options for patients with a range of medical and psychological conditions. Direct potential benefits include:

  • Nonpharmacological management of pain and discomfort
  • Anxiety and stress reduction
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Adjustment to a new diagnosis
  • Identity recalibration for chronic illness
  • Improvement in emotional regulation
  • Restoration of eating and sleeping regime
  • Increase insight into aspects of self and behaviors through processing imagery and sound
  • Increase capacity to be more receptive to successes and challenges presented in life
  • Cognitive stimulation and organization
  • Facilitation of family communication and conflict resolution
  • Improvement in medication adherence /medical regiment / rehabilitation
  • Impact on physiological changes, including reduced heart rate, improved respiration, lowered blood pressure, improved cardiac output and relaxed muscle tension

Areas Art Therapy and Music Therapy Serve

Our creative art therapists treat patients with a broad range of life-threatening, medical, psychological, traumatic, and surgical conditions. We serve the following areas:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Inpatient Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatric Inpatient Gastrointestinal, Transplant and General Medicine
  • Pediatric Inpatient Cardiology/Neurology/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Pediatric Progressive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric General and Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric General and Neurologic Intensive Care
  • High-Risk Pregnancy (Maternal Fetal Medicine)
  • Herbert Irving Cancer Center: Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery and Pre-Operative Tours
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Outpatient Dialysis
  • Special Assignment:Outpatient Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health, Uptown Youth Hub, and Special Needs Clinic

How to Receive Creative Arts Therapy

Art Therapy and Music Therapy are ordered services by your medical provider. Priority is given to complex cases. To be evaluated for art therapy and music therapy treatment while hospitalized, please speak with your physician.


American Music Therapy Association
American Art Therapy Association
Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association
Certification Board for Music Therapists
Art Therapy Credentials Board
New York State Office of the Professions
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