Therapeutic Painting

Therapeutic Painting (originally called Mneme Therapy – pronounced nemma) is a unique type of whole brain therapy that uses a combination of directed painting, arm movements, singing, story-telling, and praise to not only provide a pleasant experience for the individual, but to also improve the following: verbal skills, mobility, combativeness, special acuity and the ability to understand direction.

The therapy sessions are done one-to-one with theTherapeutic Painting Therapist and patient. A typical session consists of the following: an introduction, hand holding, singing a familiar song with a small amount of prompting for the patient to join in, simple instructional arm movements, figuring out if the patient is left or right handed, beginning directed painting, asking questions to prompt memories such as, “Did you remember your first time playing in the snow?” while painting snow, or, “Did your children like swimming?” while painting a lake. Once the painting is finished, the patient is asked to name their painting and then they once again go through the song and movements that they opened the session with. They also add praises, smiles and thanks to the patient as a session closer.

How do we know if the therapy session was successful? First and foremost these sessions are meant to be a rewarding experience. Every person’s journey with memory loss is different which in turn means there is no exact definition of success for any form of therapy during their journey. What we look for are signs of increased mobility, sharper verbal skills, lessened combativeness, enhanced special acuity and an improved ability to understand direction. If we see any of these after a session, it has been successful.

Who Invented Therapeutic Painting?

Mneme Therapy (therapeutic painting) was invented in (2005) by an artist named Noell Hammer Burns. Her and her husband, worked together to begin, Art Without Boundaries, a not-for-profit online association that teaches other’s about Mneme Therapy and how to perform it.

Since 2005, there has been a steady increase in the number of practicing Mneme Therapists and today there are over 40 practicing throughout the Unites States.

Images From Gianna Homes Therapeutic Painting Sessions

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These beautiful Angels Among Us note cards include a unique image hand painted by one of our Gianna Homes residents. On the back of each card is the name, photograph, and an introduction to the individual who painted the image.

The paintings were created during an individual Therapeutic Painting session. This therapeutic painting is a cutting-edge whole brain activity that uses everyday pleasures such as singing, movement, painting, and storytelling in a unique combination to stimulate dramatic changes in the brain. Although the goal is to provide a rewarding experience, documented testimonies show significant improvement in some clients in verbal skills, mobility, combativeness, spatial acuity and understanding instructions.


  • Cards are 5″ wide x 7″ tall and come in packs of 15 (with 15 envelopes included).
  • Inside: Blank for personalization


All proceeds generated by the sale of these notecards will go directly to the Steve and Mary Mattson Fund which directly supports our residents and keeping them in their “home”.

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