Sara Powell is from the United Kingdom and has spent many years in Middle East and Asia. Sara is a co-founder of ATIC which she first opened in Singapore before moving back to Dubai. Sara has provided art therapy to children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, and families and has facilitated a variety of therapy groups. Sara is also a well-received speaker and workshop trainer/facilitator in art therapy. Sara specializes in child/adolescent related disorders.
Sara has worked on numerous projects in accordance with Singapore government agencies, such as working with Singaporean youth providing art therapy as part of the probation services, along with working with schools, hospitals, hospices, prison services, and charities in Singapore to name but a few. Her interest lies in the treatment and intervention for children and adolescents. Sara believes in early intervention as prevention and art therapy as a method to promote healthy emotional healing.
Sara received her MA in Art psychotherapy from LASALLE University Singapore, and is a registered member of the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZATA) and the Art Therapy Association Singapore (ATAS). Sara’s clinical experience includes being part of a multi-disciplinary team (of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists etc.), where she concentrated on working with those diagnosed with eating disorders in a specialized eating disorder rehabilitation programme, at Singapore General Hospital. Her scope of work also included providing art therapy to psychiatric inpatients and outpatients with a variety of mental health diagnoses.
Sara also worked with Assisi Hospice Singapore where her passion for children led her to provide art therapy and conduct research for children dealing with the uncertainties of cancer and in palliative care, focusing on posttraumatic stress and trauma. She provided art therapy to children and families dealing with grief, loss, and changes in family dynamics. Sara continues to help children deal with the realities of painful medical procedures, using art therapy to develop emotional strength and stability.
Sara is also experienced and passionate in working with children with special needs, learning disabilities, and behavioural issues. Sara has recently completed her preliminary research “A Grounded Theory Analysis of young Adolescents Experiences Living with ADHD and Receiving Art Therapy”. Sara is passionate in supporting this population, Sara’s work on ADHD will be published late in January 2015. Sara is excited to continue her research in Dubai and the region. In addition, Sara recently published her work in the ‘Multicultural family art therapy (family therapy and counselling book)’ 2015, Edited by Dr. Christine Kerr. Representing Singapore, the co-written chapter between Sara and Ms Theresa Ng, looked at the family system from a cultural context and when working on a community level. The focus of the chapter was on ATIC’s art of bonding© programme for children living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and in supporting families living with ADHD.
We are international members and governed by
British Art Therapists Association (BAAT)
Australia, New Zealand Art Therapists Association (ANZATA)
Art Therapists Association Singapore (ATAS)
American Art Therapists Association (AATA)
British Music Therapy Association (BMTA)
Play Therapy International (PTI), UK
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK
Community Development Authority (CDA), Dubai