Creative Transformation of Trauma


When trauma is overwhelming, creative expression can help individuals share their personal stories, reconstruct their experiences, and recover

How can the creative process be a healing process? What are Expressive Therapies? Is it merely colouring between the lines, sharing a narration, or dancing and releasing stress? And how can people who are affected by trauma be engaged in creative expression, including showcasing their art products?

Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture and Artichoke Studio- Art Therapy Center in Lebanon are putting together a panel on Creative Transformation of Trauma. The panel will emphasise on the therapeutic benefits of the creative process and showcase ways in which the arts can convey meaningful stories in contexts of violence

- Panel Program -

War-Toys Project ( – Brian McCarty
Play Therapy – Dr Julia Byers & Manal El Chafei
Art Therapy – Myra Saad & Gabrielle Gingras
Drama Therapy – Wissam Kotait
Dance Therapy – Amanda Gill & Zita Gil

Language: English
Location: Dar El Nimer (America Street, Clemenceau, Next to Trad Hospital)
Open to the public | Limited seats



Music & Art Therapy - for adults


Music&ArtTherapy- summer2018
This workshop offers you an opportunity to experience the interplay between musical and visual expression, exploring it within a therapeutic process. In a safe non-judgmental atmosphere, we will be using creative expression as a way of engaging and transforming our emotions, providing personal insight, and facilitating communication.

Guided by 2 professionals in the field, you will be engaged in some rhythmical and musical activities as well as some art making.

* No musical experience or artistic skills required. Just a sense of exploration!

Fridays, June 22 to July 27 - 6:00-8:30pm
$200 / 6 sessions, all materials included
Places are limited and registration is due by Friday, June 15.
For registration & details: 03-545281 -

Facilitated by:
Lara Wakim - Music Therapist from René Descartes University, Paris.
Myra Saad – Art Therapist & Mental Health Counselor from Lesley Uniersity, Boston.



Expressive Therapies 2-Days Camp for Children


This is a 2-days (3rd day optional) Expressive Therapies Camp for children aged between 7 and 9 years old, offering safe space and individual time for their self-expression and healthy growth.
Through music expression, art making, play, and theatrical activities, the children will have the chance to creatively explore ways to bond with the new children they meet in the group, build up their confidence, and get ready for the changes that comes with Summer.
The session in September will be a follow-up to look back at the summer and get ready for the coming school year.

This camp will be guided by 4 qualified expressive therapists.

Confidentiality is highly respected.

Saturday June 23 & Sunday June 24 – 9:30am-3:30pm
Saturday Sept 15 – 9:30am-3:30pm
$275/child for the 3 days
$200/child for the 2 days, materials and refreshments included (water, fresh juice, fruits, and healthy snacks)

* Places are limited in order to meet the children's individual needs. Registration is due by Monday, June 18.
For details & registration: , whatsapp msgs/calls +961 3 545281.

Sessions lead by:
Lara Wakim – M.A. in Music Therapy
Manal El Chafei – M.A. in School Counseling & Guidance, Certificate in Play Therapy Skills
Myra Saad - M.A. in Art Therapy & Mental Health Counseling
Wissam Kotait – M.A. in Clinical Psychology & M.A. in Drama Therapy



Individual One-On-One Sessions


Individual one-on-one art therapy sessions for children, adolescents and adults by appointment.
For more information please contact Myra Saad at or 03 545281.