For children and adolescents, the journey through loss and grief can be especially difficult and painful.
Valley Hospice's pediatric art therapy program, Journeys, is a bereavement program that specifically works with children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 who are affected by the serious illness or death of a loved one. It gives children a safe place to express their grief, anger and fear, while developing important coping skills.
Counseling is provided by board-certified art therapists, who use art and other creative means to help children express their feelings. Patients are seen at the Dorothy B. Kraft Center in Paramus.
As part of Journeys' commitment to the community, a number of special services are available to schools, developmental centers, teachers' groups and community centers. These services range from consultation to educational programs.
A nominal fee is required for pediatric art therapy services, but no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
Our Art Therapist
Laura Loumeau-May, MPS, ATR-BC, LPC, leads the Journeys pediatric art therapy program. An art therapist since 1995, Laura was spotlighted as a “Featured Member” in the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) Art Therapy Today news blog in 2018. In addition to her role at Valley, she has served AATA as a board member (2011-2015), Membership Committee Co-Chair and the New Jersey Art Therapy Association Diversity Chair.
She teaches at Ramapo College and has taught in the graduate art therapy program at Caldwell University for 14 years, originating several of the core courses, including Cultural Diversity in Art Therapy and Counseling, Spirituality in Art Therapy, Group Art Therapy, and Art Therapy Assessment.
Laura has also authored three published book chapters about art therapy for bereaved children. In 2002, Laura’s work with children of 9/11 victims through the Journeys program was featured on ABC-TV’s "Prime Time Thursday."