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The Healing Begins at Sikh Gurdwara San Jose with Art Therapy for Children

Nestled in the East Hills above San Jose, the Sikh gurdwara sprawls over 40 acres and commands a majestic view of Silicon Valley, even on hazy days like Sunday. The house of worship has several buildings, and one of them was given over to helping children express grief one week after the massacre in Wisconsin.

“I hope you can be strong.”

That’s what Tejot Kaur, who is only 6 years old, wrote on a card. She handed it to her mother, Hardip Kaur, and together they posted it on a board filled with dozens of cards bearing similar wishes. In the field of mental health, art therapy is a common approach for helping children deal with trauma. In this case, mass murder of their people.

“This is the most vulnerable population because they can’t express themselves when something like this happens,” said Gurpreet K. Padam, a medical doctor with Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. Full Article at Mercury News By JOE RODRIGUEZ | Bay Area News Group