Myra holds an M.A. in Expressive Therapies, specialization in Art Therapy & Mental Health Counseling (Lesley University - Cambridge, MA, USA).
Building on specialized academic studies in the field and her innate sensitive nature, Myra is dedicated to using creative expression whenever and however she can to promote mental health and self-development. She adapts a person-centered approach, focusing on the unique needs and potentials of her clients in order to support them in exploring their inner selves and developing healthy strategies in dealing with life’s challenges.
Between Boston and Beirut, Myra has worked as art therapist in hospitals, prisons, rehab centers, refugee camps, schools, and other settings. A big part of her work focuses on psychological trauma related to violent conflicts. She has been working in Lebanon and in Iraq with people affected by war. She has also written a chapter with Dr. Julia Byers highlighting contexts of Continuous Traumatic Stress in a book on art therapy in the Arab world. Myra is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and has co-organized and presented at conferences in Lebanon, the U.S., Hong Kong and Colombia. As one of the very few qualified art therapists in Lebanon, she has founded Artichoke Studio to establish the field in the region.