• «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

Ospedale regionale di Lugano, sede Civico (EOC)

Art therapy in the paediatric ward
Chronic, psychosomatic and psychological disorders, behavioural disorders, surgical interventions and eating disorders

Art therapy was introduced in the Regionalspital Lugano in 2005 and is now a fixed part of the interdisciplinary treatment offer. Two therapists now take care of in-patient and partially out-patient children and adolescents. Sessions take place individually or in groups, usually supplementing other therapies. The art-therapy approach is firmly integrated in care for people with severe eating disorders.

In the "Schema corporeo" programme, patients receive an art therapy session before and after surgery. This way, their fears of the intervention can be caught and reduced. In early 2017, the art therapist also started working with dysgraphia patients.

Dr. Valdo Pezzoli, primario, servizio di pediatria
Mariella Mulattieri, arteterapeuta (HES) e rieducatrice del gesto grafico
Corinna Muehlbauer, arteterapeuta clinica