Art Therapy Works its Way Through Egyptian Culture

Carol Hammal is the only licensed art psychotherapist in Egypt, where therapy is still taboo. With the revolution and ensuing political trauma over the past year, Egyptians experience a very personal and constant level of violence, grief, loss, chaos and pain. This stress can lead to high levels of anxiety, leading to a declined state of mental health. Hammal and others working for the art therapy cause hope to increase its’ prevalence in Egypt including studios, and a masters program. “Art reflects who you are from the inside out,” said Hammal. “You create the artwork’s pictorial elements the way they are driven by your unconscious mind, and literally externalize what’s inside of you.”
Ahramonline, by Rowan El Shimi
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