Sara Powell: Art therapy isrooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.
Dalal Al Sindi: We look at our patients’ artistic creations and try to analyse them in order to open channels for constructive dialogue
Dubai, UAE, 17 February 2020: Experts came together today at Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020 to discuss the impact of art therapy in improving mental health and handling trauma.
Speakers at the ‘Healing Through Art’ discussion included Sara Powell, Founder of ATIC Psychological Counselling Center in Dubai and Dalal Al Sindi, Art Therapist from Bahrain. The session was moderated by Jalal Luqman, an artist and author based in the UAE.
The process of art therapy commences when patients create art, after which they may review what they have made and how it makes them feel. Through exploring their art, people can look for themes and conflicts that may be affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
During the session, Sara Powell, Founder of ATIC Psychological Counselling Center in Dubai emphasised the healing power of art: “Some people may view it as a luxury, but art therapy is rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.”
When talking about the necessary qualification art therapists should have to deal with patients during treatment, Sara Powell said: “There are a lot of misconceptions and myths around art therapists which we are trying to overcome and dispel. The way art therapy works is that we look in depth at pieces created by our patients and analyse them based on several factors, particularly the challenges patients face, and their surrounding environment. These art pieces are a visual representation of their thoughts and our role is to help them overcome a challenging experience.”
Dalal Al Sindi, Art Therapist, Bahrain stated that most of their patients are currently young people who face challenges in expressing trauma through words, stressing that they are working to help patients express their feelings through art and use it as a tool to face and overcome these difficulties.
Dalal believes that patients can unravel hidden inner feelings and emotions by practicing therapeutic art. “We look at our patients’ artistic creations and try to analyse them in order to open channels for constructive dialogue that allows them to deal with inner conflicts. Art therapy is an essential method through which children can find their own way of expressing themselves, and studies have shown that it contributes to improving the mental, psychological and emotional health of patients,” she added.
Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 is organised by Dubai Women Establishment, which is led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender
Balance Council and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Building on its theme, ‘The Power of Influence’, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 discussed how effective policies and partnerships in four key areas – Government, Economy, Society, and the Future – can further women’s positive impact for a better future.
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