One patient's story on her experience with art therapy

January 26, 2015
Art will continue to play an important role in my staying healthy
– Mary Stevens-Zarich, art therapy participant & patient at the Swedish Cancer Institute


The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a variety of Supportive Care Services for patients, families, and caregivers to enhance and individualize your care. We want to meet your needs at every step along the way. One of the many services we offer is art therapy.

Our art therapist, Nicole Stiver, has been with us for 10 years in August. She has been described as sensitive, professional, present, and tactful by her patients and patients use a variety of art methods in her sessions.

Mary says, “For the past two years, a weekly session with Nicole Stiver has been central to my healing emotionally, and by extension, physically, from a difficult treatment and (statistically) grim prognosis. That experience was shattering, but it gave me the opportunity to become stronger and more alive by exploring the places that had limited my life up until then.”

Patients utilize this complimentary service that offers an outlet for the expression of emotions to enhance relaxation, reduce side effects, and increase self-awareness and positive coping skills. You do not need any artistic training or experience to schedule a session.

If you’d like to learn more about art therapy or schedule an appointment, please call (206) 215-6178.
Topics: Cancer, Services