Sister Maria Helps Those in Need as an Art Therapist and Sandplay Therapist:
Sister Maria V has many duties as an art therapist and sandplay therapist. Three days a week, she serves two religious congregations in Milwaukee. She is present to their elderly Sisters who are in need. Some may be experiencing the beginnings of dementia or other loss, or may just need someone to talk to and listen.
Sister Maria meets with the Sisters in her offices or in their rooms at their convents, and does artwork with them or they build sand trays together in order to look closer at issues. For a few, she has been present to them as they prepare for death after fighting cancer. Still others want to just learn more about art and use it creatively in their lives.
“A popular choice during the individual sessions is sandplay therapy using miniatures for self expression,” said Sister Maria. “Sandplay and art therapy are increasingly recognized as effective therapeutic tools. The tactile, nonverbal experience of the sand and the use of miniatures in sandplay and the use of varied art media help promote awareness of deeply emotional issues.”
Sister Maria also ministers in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, serving at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in their Behavioral Health Residential Treatment Program for adults. She facilitates art therapy groups also sees individual patients for therapy in her office, located in the outpatient clinic next door to the residence. These patients struggle with an addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs which affect not only their lives but the lives of their families, loved ones and perfect strangers.
In addition, Sister Maria also ministers at Ascension Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she does art therapy groups on two floors: adult behavioral health (ages 18—64) and geriatric behavioral health (ages 65 and older). She works with staff helping patients who have chronic or acute issues such as detoxing from alcohol or other drugs, psychosis, depression, mania, anxiety, and those having suicidal/ homicidal ideation or have attempted suicide.
Thank you Sister Maria for your kindness and compassion in helping others!
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