Studio E Art Therapy Program


We are excited to offer Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program to people with epilepsy in the Grand Rapids and Detroit areas!

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 both Grand Rapids and Detroit.


When: Every Thursday from July 30 - September 3 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Hauenstein Neurosciences, 245 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - Cherry Conference Room

Free parking is available in the main ramp on Jefferson, and the location is on a bus route.  Printable Map with Directions

The Grand Rapids sessions will be led by Amber Deering, M.A., ATR & LPC. Amber is a licensed art therapist and licensed professional counselor. Through WMU: Center for Disability Services, she works with adults in a day program creating art for various community events. She spends most of her time working with clients in private practice at Avalon Behavioral Health. At Avalon, she provides support to children, teens, adults, and their families, both individually and in groups.


When: Every Monday from April 13 - May 18 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: 1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI 48202 - 3C00 (3rd Floor Conference Room); the May 4 session will be in 5C00

Free parking is available in the Third Street Lot, and the location is on a bus route.

The Detroit sessions will be led by 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.

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.* 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