creative therapy AND MINDFULNESS


Creative therapies are activities which involve using arts-based activities in a safe and supportive environment, with the support of a trained professional. You don't need to have done these activities before, or have any particular skills or knowledge.  


Different people will have different experiences of arts and creative therapies, but they all aim to:

  • Create something beautiful
  • Unlock your creativity 
  • Give you a safe time and place with someone who won't judge you
  • Help you understand yourself better
  • Help you express yourself, or your feelings or experiences, that you find hard to talk about


Here at Cocoon we work with a range of creative therapists to run sessions using art, drama and music.  We have also run a project called SewMindful, with the amazing Dr Tamara Russell, which joins together sewing and mindfulness.  


We love seeing creativity come to life!

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therapies

Art therapy

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We regularly host art therapy sessions, some only for parents with child care and others for parents and children together.  Art therapy uses techniques to help express emotions and feelings without the need to use words.  It also allows the person to create something beautiful, giving a sense of achievement and purpose. 

Drama therapy

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We run occasional drama therapy course with an experienced drama and family therapist.  This focuses on movement and using your body, sound, words and action to understand your feelings and emotions better and build confidence.  

Are you a creative therapist?

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We are always looking for new therapists to work with us.  Contact us if you are interested.  

sew mindful

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Weaving a New Story - the Project

The 'Weaving a New Story' project investigated how mindful textile work can support mothers with postnatal depression.  The project was led by Dr Tamara Russell from the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence and a collaboration with Liz Finegold, a textile artist and Cocoon. Working with funding from  King’s Cultural Institute  and two enthusiastic Master’s students from King’s College London, this 10-week intervention aimed to use the creative arts as a way to train mindfulness, transform stories about postnatal depression.

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Outcomes and Evaluation

Each of the mums contributed personalised squares to a quilt which became part of an art show for family and friends at King’s College. The quilt (pictured to the right) was then displayed in Atrium 1 of Guys Hospital.  


The evaluation was undertaken by the Kings College students and it found that over the time of the project all of the mums demonstrated reduced their depression scores, some quite significantly.


You can read more here:


 https://www.mindfulnesscentreofexcellence.com/sewmindful-update/ 




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Bringing SewMindful to you

Since the project the team have delivered:

  • Bitesize workshops were delivered at  Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) for Arts and Health week
  • A 'Complementing the Clinical with Creativity' workshop, giving practitioners an opportunity to see how creativity can support mental health recovery
  • A workshop at the Mindful Living Show


The Sew Mindful team are always open to new collaborations and welcome   

enquiries about delivering the model in new settings.  Please contact us to discuss any potential future projects.