Sara is from the UK and a co-founder of ATIC which she first opened in Singapore before moving back to UAE. Sara has an MA in Art Psychotherapy from LASALLE University Singapore. She is a registered member of the professional association for Arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (ANZATA), and the Art Therapy Association Singapore (ATAS).
Sara has provided art therapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and has facilitated a variety of groups. Sara has worked on numerous projects in accordance with government agencies. She specializes in child and adolescent related disorders and has worked extensively with those with special needs. Sara follows a person-centered and humanistic orientation and incorporates a solution focused and eclectic therapeutic approach.
“All of us have a right to be heard, to walk towards our authentic self and not be judged. Every child and adult has the right to feel safe. All of us share experiences in life which bring us happiness, joy, discomfort and even pain. Half the challenge is already overcome when we recognize this. As a therapist, it is my job to be the objective voice and help support you through your journey, leading to increased understanding and resiliency in a non-threatening confidential and creative space”
ANDREW C WRIGHT
Andrew is the senior psychotherapist for ATIC Dubai. Andrew is a British trained and UK registered Art Psychotherapist, receiving his qualifications from Goldsmith College, University of London. He is licensed with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK, and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
Andrew emphasizes resilience and inner growth during sessions, using a non-judgmental approach. He has over 20 years of experience working in the health care sector over varied fields and multiple countries.
“In the same way that you can feel stuck by an idea, a person can feel stuck by being unable to express themselves. My approach uses creative thinking and expressiveness to facilitate change and growth”
Mariam El Halawani
Languages: Fluent in Arabic & English
Mariam is an Art Psychotherapist at ATIC and has an MA in Art Psychotherapy from New York University. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the New York Art Therapy Association, and the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism.
Mariam is fluent in both English and Arabic, and through many therapeutic internships across the world has built up an understanding and keen insight into a large quantity of varied psychological diagnosis. Mariam follows a psychodynamic approach that is client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive.
“My priority as a therapist is to honor my client’s subjective experience. In art therapy, I view the artwork as the perfect conduit to hold and respect my client’s truth, as it promises a dignified and confidential space for expression”
NATALIA GOMEZ CARLIER
Natalia has a degree in Psychology from Universidad de Los Andes, a Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a Registered Board-Certified Art Therapist with the American Association of Art Therapy. She has practiced as a psychotherapist for more than 15 years in Bogota, Chicago, New York, Muscat and now Dubai.
Natalia speaks English and Spanish fluently. She is trained in psychodynamics and is able to use and adapt different techniques and modalities according to the needs of each individual. Incorporating techniques from CBT, Gestalt, Brief Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Transpersonal, Mindfulness, and other modalities; therapy is oriented by the uniqueness of each individual.
“I offer a space of possibility, where we can welcome the difficult aspects of life in order to live more fully and without fear. I have a mindful yet playful approach that utilizes the tools of psychotherapy and art therapy, engages a full body experience and relies on evidence based practice. Together we will create a non-judgmental, safe and creative space for self-expression that invites personal growth.”
Theresa is the other co-founder of ATIC and has an MA in Art Psychotherapy from LASALLE University Singapore. She is a registered member of the professional association for Arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore (ANZATA), and the Art Therapy Association Singapore (ATAS).
Her clinical work and interest includes the use of art therapy as a form of early intervention for children and adolescents with varied psychological diagnosis.