Throughout her work as a mental health therapist and educator, Theresa Cardiello has always woven in the use of art and music.  She firmly believes in the beneficial and therapeutic role that creativity can play in one’s life.  With an undergraduate degree in elementary education with an emphasis in fine arts and a graduate degree in mental health counseling, Theresa holds licenses in both K-8 education and an LCPC license (counseling.) 

Theresa has taught piano lessons for the past 30 years and founded the Cardiello Art Camp in 1998, now a Helena staple for over 80 students every summer.  During the school year, Theresa teaches several after-school art classes for kids. She also teaches an art class called, “Thrive,” which is a 7 or 8 week discussion/art class for adults.

Theresa continues to offer private counseling.  (private practice - at Free Ceramic Studios - 650 Logan St.) When appropriate and fitting, Theresa incorporates music and art into her therapy sessions.  

Theresa has had 3 art shows at the Myrna Loy Center.  In 2003 Theresa and her 4 children displayed their artwork in a show called, “Art in the Family.”   In 2012 and again in 2016 the Myrna Loy Center offered its space, and the ensuing art show displayed the Cardiello Art Garage student’s artwork.  The art show then moved over to Free Ceramics Studio to have an annual Cardiello Art Garage Art Show. (2018, and 2019) .

Theresa was a recipient of the Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artist’s Award in 1999 to record her original instrumental compositions. 

Theresa wears many hats.   Another side-business is that she runs her house as an airbnb guest house.  Guests rent out a room, or, on occasion, rent out the whole house.  Check out Airbnb.com  – Helena- Artsy House here.  Theresa also rents out her mountain house.  This space is set in the Helena National Forest, but is only 5 miles from town!  Check out Airbnb.com - Helena - Mountain Artsy House (you can rent the whole house (4 bedrooms) or either the upper level or lower level of the house, or the Guest House.)