• «Art and music touch places in the young patients where no injection can reach.»
    Petula Clark, singer, songwriter and patron of the Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.»
    Johnny Depp

  • «Music can build bridges where the spoken language cannot.»
    Valeri Gergiev, conductor and opera company director, patron oft he Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «In a peripheral hospital, paediatrics is like a safe harbour»
    Dr. Valdo Pezzoli, head physician at the paediatrics department in the regional hospital of Lugano

  • «Art- and music therapy allow the patient to become immerged in another world.»
    C.B., art-therapist at University Children’s Hospital Zurich

  • «It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.»
    D. W. Winnicott, English paediatrician and psychoanalyst

Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG)

Art therapy and dance therapy in the therapeutic education department for chronic diseases

Since 2005, teenaged patients suffering from obesity and diseases caused by this have been supported by a dance and drama therapist and since 2018 they are treated also by an art therapist and psycologist. These therapies enables them to express the experiences of their disease in other ways than with mere words. Dance, paint and drawing allow the patients to express their emotions. This mobilises their resources and strengthens their confidence.

The innovative program "Contrepoids gamille" is targeted at overweight children who participate in single and group sessions together with their also-overweight parents.

Prof. Dr. Alain Golay, Head of Division, Service de l’enseignement thérapeutique pour maladies chroniques
Dr. Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, médecin responsable du programme „Contrepoids“
Marie Lanier, art-thérapeute dipl. HES-SO, psychothérapeute MAS
Suzanne Z'Graggen, danse-thérapeute, psychologue FSP


Musictherapy for premature babies in the Development and Growth department

The research program «Accompagner le développement des nouveau-nés par la musique» examines the effect of music and the mother's voice on physiological constants (heart and respiratory rate, apnea) and measures the brain development of premature babies. National Geograpic magazine describes this unique study, supported by the National Fund and the Fondation Art-Thérapie, as one of the world's 12 most important innovations in future medicine.

Prof. Dr. Petra Hüppi, Head of Division
Dr. Manuela Filippa, music-therapist and developmental psychologist