The Enrichment of Art Therapy in Hospital Settings: A Phenomenological Journey

Art As therapy

My professional journey has been an engaging voyage through the exploration of art and art therapy. After completing studies in Art and subsequently in Art Therapy, I began to put my knowledge and passion for art as a therapeutic tool into practice.

Early work experiences allowed me to refine my skills both as an artist and as a facilitator of creative expression. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to coordinate art therapy workshops at some of Lombardy’s leading hospitals, where I experienced the transformative impact of art in the healing process and emotional support of patients.

Additionally, I’ve had the honor of exhibiting my works internationally, where I could share my artistic vision and therapeutic approach with a global audience. These experiences have enriched me both professionally and personally, allowing me to continually grow and learn.

Thus, my professional journey has been a continuous process of learning, growth, and discovery, and I’m excited to continue exploring new possibilities and connections in the world of art and art therapy.

Throughout my experience as a clinical art therapist in hospital settings, I’ve had the opportunity to experience profound personal and professional enrichment. Entering the world of illness and pain has meant much more than a mere exercise of therapeutic skills; it has been a journey that transformed my approach to life and work.

My path has been guided by a phenomenological approach, which allowed me to immerse myself in the reality of the hospital without preconceptions or overlays. Phenomenological reduction offered an authentic and unfiltered view, enabling me to fully understand the experiences and challenges faced by patients. Consequently, the processes proposed have always been the result of a careful reading of reality, devoid of subjective elements and based on solid technical skills.

In process-oriented art therapy, by its very definition, a deep knowledge of the medium and processes is required, to which the therapist adheres without deviation. However, technical competence alone, while providing freedom, is not sufficient. A thorough reading of the process in its entirety with a Goethean perspective is necessary. Only then can the form and its facets be fully understood as emerging.

The phenomenological approach and process-oriented art therapy have proven essential in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by the hospital setting. This journey has enriched me profoundly, not only as a professional but also as a human being, teaching me the importance of remaining open to experiences and finding meaning even in the most challenging situations.


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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