Therapies at Demelza

Our innovative and creative therapies for the whole family form a major part of our care, helping to provide emotional wellbeing and support to those who use our services. Therapies help express emotions that are too difficult to put into words through art, music, play and drama. All children and family members that we support can access our therapy services. Sessions are offered in a variety of hospice sites, the family home or other community settings.

If you are a family accessing Demelza services and would like to contact the Therapies Team please email our referrals team or call 01795 845248.

Music therapy

Music therapy is based on the belief that we can all respond to and appreciate music, regardless of disability or illness. For the children Demelza supports with limited verbal communication or movement and visual impairment, music therapy can offer a safe space to express thoughts and feelings without the use of words.

Music therapy at Demelza is available to siblings to help them cope throughout their brother or sister’s illness and following bereavement. Families can also use music therapy to build precious memories by capturing a child’s sounds or their music on DVD.
“Zyan is able to stay at the hospice which he loves, so I can rest. Zyan’s brother also has music therapy and attends a siblings group, which helps him to cope.” 


Art therapy


Art therapy offers a space for children and their families to express thoughts and feelings by creating images, which they may find difficult to put into words. As the art is not graded, no special skills are needed as everything created is meaningful. Demelza therapists are fully qualified or are in the final stages of training and materials such as paints, pastels, clay and model making are supplied.

“Matthew started art therapy in the run-up to secondary school. Through the sessions he’s been able to work out his feelings and frustrations. It’s something just for him - he comes out relaxed, and it’s given him confidence.” 


Play Specialism


Play Specialism supports children to learn, to relate to other people and to have fun which can provide a break from the strict structure of a medical setting. Play Specialists can work with children in groups and individually to: create an environment where stress and anxiety are reduced;  help the child regain confidence and self-esteem;  provide an outlet for feelings of anger and frustration; help the child understand treatment and illness; offer children a way to effectively learn the skills they need to prepare for hospital procedures and treatment.