Studio E Art Therapy Program


We are excited to offer Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program to people with epilepsy!

Studio E offers group art therapy sessions for adults with epilepsy, allowing them to explore their creativity, meet others with epilepsy and express themselves in an open, accepting and safe group setting. Art is a natural way to communicate, relieve tension, and express emotions. During the program, participants work with licensed art therapists using a variety of artistic media, including painting, sketching, and sculpting. Because some things are easier to “say” through art, Studio E provides people impacted by epilepsy a unique opportunity to express themselves and open up about their experiences with the condition.

This FREE six-week program will be offered in Novi and Lansing in 2016. Space is limited, so register soon!


The Novi Studio E program will take place on the following Mondays from 2:00 - 5:00 pm: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23. The program will be held in the 2nd Floor Art Studio (across from the elevators) at the Assarian Cancer Center (on the Providence Park Hospital Campus), 47601 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374. Please park in the Outpatient Center Parking Lot and walk to the Assarian Cancer Center. The Assarian Lot can be used if you have a mobility impairment but is otherwise reserved for patients. 

Jamilya Goree, M.Ed. ATR
In 1999, Jamilya earned a Bachelor's degree in teaching from Western Michigan University. She then moved to the metro Detroit area where she taught in Detroit Public Schools for 5 1⁄2 years. After teaching for 11 years in both Michigan and Arizona, she completed her Masters degree in Art Therapy at Wayne State University. During her final semester, she created her own internship that turned into a full time position in the Henry Ford Health System. She currently works at Mariners Inn, a shelter and treatment center, and is teaching a course at Wayne State University. This is Jamilya's fourth year with the Studio E program.


The Lansing Studio E program will take place on the following Thursdays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm: 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, and 8/25. The program will be held at the Sparrow Professional Building, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms B & C, 1200 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912. Parking is available (with a cost of $1 - $2), and the venue is on a bus route.

Andrea Inostroza, BA, MS, AT
Andrea earned her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from University of Concepcion in Chile, her Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and her Master's degree in Art Therapy from St. Mary of the Woods College. She has one year of clinical experience providing person-centered care to adults with disabilities, experience conducting art therapy assessments for refugees, and experience leading a Studio E session as an art therapy intern in Grand Rapids. She is excited to continue her work with the epilepsy community through this program.

To participate in Studio E, you MUST sign up in advance by completing and returning the Registration & Waiver Form to Russ Derry by email, fax, or mail (NOTE: if you are not able to add an electronic signature, we will collect your signature at the first session).* If you have questions about the program, please contact Russ Derry (800-377-6226 ext. 1302) or Pam Bird (ext. 1204).

*Participants who have significant limitations in their ability to communicate, understand instructions, and participate in group activities will be asked to attend with a caregiver or support person who can assist them.

Studio E is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company committed to helping people with epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation. To learn more about the Studio E program or see artwork generated during previous programs, visit