Art Therapy and Art Journaling


Art Therapy


Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s Art Therapy service is for anyone affected by cancer. Art therapy helps you express emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress and depression when words fail. It also gives you time out to relax and gives a greater sense of well-being. Experience and skill in art aren’t needed. You can choose one-to-one art therapy or be part of a small group, whichever you prefer.


Cancer Focus NI’s Art Therapy is led by our experienced registered Art Therapist, Joanne Boal, and is available for adults at the Cancer Focus NI service centre at Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, and at the Macmillan Centre, Belfast City Hospital. Sessions are also held at various venues across Northern Ireland.


Joanne supports children through and after their cancer treatment  at our Belfast service centre and she also works with young patients at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children on Tuesday afternoons.


Art Journaling


This activity enables you to use a mixture of art and writing to create and maintain a journal or diary of your experience on your cancer journey.  This is a series of workshops that will give you the skills to continue your journal at home or in hospital.  It’s the only art journaling service of its kind in Ireland.

If you’d like these services to visit your area or if you need more information, contact Joanne Boal on or 028 9066 3281.

Colours of my mind


Flight of fancy

Art Service Online

Due to COVID-19, our face-to-face Art Services have been paused. However, we are now offering Art Therapy, Art Journaling and Share a Skill groups online via Zoom with our Art Therapist Joanne Boal.


i) Art Therapy for cancer patients

Every Thursday afternoon (2.00pm – 3.30pm)

Materials you need: coloured pens/markers, paint (if you have any) and a sketchbook (blank paper).


ii) Art Journaling for cancer patients

Every Friday morning (11.00am – 12.30pm)

Materials you need: coloured pens/markers, scissors, glue stick, paint (if you have any), sketchbook (blank paper) and magazines.


iii) Share a Skill group for anyone affected by cancer

Every Friday afternoon (2.00pm – 3.30pm)

Share a Skill group is open to anyone affected by cancer. It is an opportunity for you to do a variety of handcrafts.


👉 If you would like to join, please email Joanne on to receive an invite to the Zoom meeting.


Experience and skill in art isn’t needed.


These groups are an opportunity for you to be creative and interact with other cancer patients online. If you would like to join, please email Joanne on to receive an invite to the Zoom meeting.

See what Art Therapy can do for you

Watch this video for a taste of how our service can help or download our Art Therapy leaflet for more information.