THE ARTS HAVE A TREMENDOUS CAPACITY TO HEAL
Expressive Arts has helped me to think differently. It helps me express my feelings. I sort out my heart, put my thoughts on canvas and find their real meaning for my life. I am amazed at how I can create something beautiful. Even my most painful memories are displayed in a way that helps me to see them clearly for what they are; memories to learn from and grow.
– Olivia, age 15
MEET OUR ART THERAPIST
Bridget Sicchio, MS, ATR Art Therapist
Bridget earned her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University and has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She practiced art therapy for six years in Wisconsin, giving children with special needs and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to by using the art process as a way to heal. In 2012, Bridget joined the Expressive Arts program at Tanager Place where she works as a Registered Art therapist, helping at-risk children explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and develop social skills.
Art Therapy is a part of the Expressive Arts Program at Tanager Place, and is an essential method of treatment for children. Through Art Therapy, children are able to use the power of the creative process as a vehicle for communicating, coping, self-development and healing.
Art Therapy offers children a way to express themselves when feelings and conflicts are too difficult to talk about. This approach is especially therapeutic for children who have experienced:
- Traumatic events
- Grief and/or loss
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional problems
- Mental health problems
- Health issues of loved ones
Art helps to take my mind off of negative things. Through art, I create things that can be useful.
Art makes me feel better. Like when I get mad, it helps me be happy and I forget to be mad. I love art!
Art is the light for me because it brightens up my day. It helps me to breathe easier.
Art gives me the chance to do my own thing. To make choices, to create and to be a part of something that is mine.
If I’m in a bad mood, art can help me be in a better mood. Sometimes I forget about what I was mad about in the first place.
Art helps me to see things differently. Like when I draw. I am looking at things differently when I study them and make them come alive on paper. Art is powerful and helps me to feel.
Art speaks to me and lets me speak too.