this all sounds exciting. and how i wish i could see your collages. i had my art II students make collage/mixed media works this quarter. some very diverse approaches. (i never really thought of my art classes as therapy - but i guess they could be. the kids say it is like an oasis of relaxation in their day - and the only class subject where i have to make them leave!) if you are ever able to share yours here or on another site, i would love to see them.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho