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


What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy uses art materials that can help express feelings. For many children, young people, and families, it can be easier to use a non-verbal form of communication such as art making to make sense of experiences. The art work created in the art therapy sessions provides a focus for communication or discussion with the art therapist. 

How can art therapy help?

Art Therapy at Demelza can help with expressing feelings such as recent changes in life, difficulties coping with grief and loss, anxiety, and can communicate complex feelings in a safe and confidential space. Art therapy can enable new ways of communication that can be transformational for the child or young person and their families. 

“The use of smells in the paints has opened up my child's world, his ability to communicate through smell was something we were unaware of before the art therapy sessions” 

Art therapy paint

Who can access art therapy at Demelza?

Children, young people, siblings and their families can access art therapy when staying for respite short breaks, through the referral process, or by attending the Therapies Summer Programme for family sessions and workshops.

The art therapist facilitates sessions for individuals, families, and groups to engage with different types of visual art materials such as painting, collage, pastels, and clay. You don't have to have had previous art experience to take part in an art therapy session.
“We really enjoyed taking part in the art therapy group for families, it was great to meet people who understood our life experiences, it helped us feel less isolated” 

The Art Therapists at Demelza:

The Art Therapists at Demelza are fully qualified Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) registered professionals with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy, or are in the final stages of training.

How can we find out more about Art Therapy at Demelza?

You can contact the therapy team at Demelza to make referral or to book individual or family sessions when staying for short breaks.

Please telephone 01795 845248 for the therapies administrator, or email 


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.