Adult Recreation & Creative Arts Therapies

The recreation and creative arts therapists at NYU Langone provide various therapies that allow you to participate in activities that interest you, while creating an environment that addresses your physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. Many patients leave with tools that can be applied to their everyday lives.

We assist adults going through inpatient cardiac and physical rehabilitation, as well as those who have epilepsy, are recovering from a stroke, have an injury that requires an adaptation such as amputation, or are dealing with cognitive impairment due to dementia or brain injury. Services are available to inpatients—in individual or group sessions—at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Rusk Rehabilitation, and in our epilepsy and psychiatric treatment areas.

Our services are diverse and tailored to your needs. For example, people who have had a stroke may benefit from activities that help them understand place and time. We help those dealing with physical impairments acclimate to life in a wheelchair. People dealing with depression may benefit from learning new leisure skills, such as music or art, which help foster positive ways to cope with the condition.

Recreation, music, and art can be a key part of your healing process. We can help you cope with your current situation—whatever it may be—to ease your stress and teach you alternative ways to improve your emotional wellbeing.

Referrals for Recreation and Creative Arts Therapies

Therapy sessions are designed for individuals and groups based on your needs. To access our services, ask your doctor for a referral. At Tisch Hospital, you may call 646-501-9828 for information on creative arts and therapeutic recreation. At the Hospital for Joint Diseases, please call 212-598-6440.

Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapists use a wide range of techniques and activities to meet your physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs. We work with you and your family members to improve your health condition by helping you learn the skills and behaviors necessary for daily life and community involvement.

Patients participate in activities that foster independence. We also teach new or adaptive skills that may be better suited to your current health needs.

In addition, NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation therapists help with community reintegration by teaching patients how to use community resources and allowing them to practice navigating common leisure sites, such as restaurants and movie theaters.

Our certified recreation therapists are graduates of schools approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

Music Therapy

Our music therapists assess your emotional wellbeing, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through music–based responses and interventions.

We use music improvisation, active music listening, songwriting, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music meditation, music performance, and learning through music.

Music therapy can help reduce stress and anxiety, and help you gain insight, develop interpersonal skills, and provide a healthy emotional outlet. It can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of prior music experience.

Our board-certified music therapists are graduates of schools approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Art Therapy

Art therapists use the creative process of making art to improve and enhance your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

It is based on the belief that the creative process of artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problem solve, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight into their current situation.

Our board-certified art therapists are graduates of schools approved by the American Art Therapy Association.

Internship Program

NYU Langone also offers internships to students in clinical degree programs in art therapy, music therapy, child life, and therapeutic recreation.