Submitted by Cathy Brown and Ramona Benton, Gulf Coast Team Leaders
Galveston area residents find a way to cope with the stress of Hurricane Ike through art therapy. The Gulf Coast crisis counseling team guides adult support groups and students on Bolivar Peninsula on how to use the idea of making a mosaic to put the pieces of their lives back together.
Survivors encountered by outreach workers and crisis counselors expressed feeling angry at their situations. Many are still displaced and continue to deal with insurance claims. As a means of coping with these feelings, the team introduced the idea of the mosaic.
“Artistic self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight,” Cathy Brown, Gulf Coast Center Co-Team Leader, said.
Adults at the Clear Creek Community Church in League City created stepping stones during their mosaic art session. They broke tiles with hammers and then glued the pieces back together to create something new and whole, which symbolizes taking one step at a time on the road to recovery.
Seventh graders at High Island Middle School on Bolivar Peninsula have also begun to create a mosaic. The group is working on a lighthouse mural.
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