Developed for people with epilepsy, Studio E art therapy groups are led by MA level and beyond professionals trained in both art therapy and counseling and are knowledgeable about human development; psychological theories; clinical practice; spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions; and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research. Within a professional therapeutic relationship and through creation and reflection, participants of art therapy can increase self-awareness and develop coping mechanisms for symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasure of making art.
Prior to the launch of Studio E, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago conducted art therapy programs for adults with great success. In 2011, the program was recognized and funded by Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois dedicated to providing innovative specialty therapies to help people with central nervous system (CNS) disorders. With a special commitment to addressing the needs of the epilepsy community, Lundbeck partnered with four local Epilepsy Foundation affiliates to pilot the Studio E program, and later partnered with 27 affiliates making the program available in 30 cities across the country.