Healing through the power of art.
Dalal Al Sindi is a trained and qualified art therapist, with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a masters’ in art therapy. She is also the founder of the Art Therapy Center in Bahrain.
Share a brief about yourself.
Well, once I qualified as an art therapist from Hertfordshire University, I started giving lectures about art therapy in Bahrain, Qatar and UAE and worked as an art therapist in the King Fahad Medical City’s Rehabilitation Hospital with patients with various mental, psychological and physical difficulties. From then on, I continued art therapy with various client groups in several facilities in Bahrain, culminating with the opportunity to open up the first and only art therapy practice in Bahrain.What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a profession that combines both psychotherapy and the creative process of art. In art therapy, the client is given an active part by taking the role of the artistic creator. Therefore, the client is able to express themselves through the art-making process in a safe environment.What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from the power of art and its healing properties. This led me to start the practice in Bahrain where art is appreciated and the society now is able to understand psychotherapy and its branches such as music therapy and drama therapy. Art therapy offers an alternative way for healing, which takes away the stigma about psychotherapy in the Middle East, breaking the boundary usually present in our culture.
What gives you the most satisfaction about your work?
The client and their artwork, as well as the unique challenges that come with every case are my main motivating factors in the field. The relationship of clients with art and therapy constantly changes, which I find fascinating!
Is there anything you would want people to know about art therapy?
Yes. Art therapy is a non-intrusive form of therapy that focuses on your creative mind, which is used when faced with a situation that concerns emotions and thoughts. It uses art mediums and the art therapist to effect change in a person’s life. That change is evident with clients that respond to art and have the ability to face their external images and internal issues.