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MIKE AYVAZIAN, art therapist

 
What is your story ?

Born at the beginning of the Lebanese civil war, I felt compelled to be helpful anywhere I could. It started with a volunteering activities, a way for me to ‘fight’ the terrible things happening around me. But I also ‘fled’ in my mind: dreaming of being on stage and performing in front of large audiences.

I knew I had to find a way to bring together my two passions, theatre/art and social work, I discovered Expressive Arts Therapy.

I have also studied psychodrama (through the therapeutic spiral model) as well as clay field therapy and dance movement therapy…

And ever since the Beirut explosion, I have decided to devote much more time towards helping out those who have been affected, through my work as an expressive arts therapist and clay field therapist.

Dreams ?

Having my own training centre for the expressive arts and spreading the practice and making community art a regular occurrence in all communities.

LIFE MOTO
"Live and let live"
Favorite artist?

Kate Bush, sophisticated yet melodic, with many layers of artistry

Favorite success story as a therapist?

Recently I was finishing a therapy cycle with a group of women who had been hit by the Beirut explosion. We were reviewing the therapeutic experience we had, and I was taking feedback from them. One of them looked at me and said: I am not ashamed to say it, I actually spoke to my psychiatrist and he agreed we should reduce the meds I am taking, and it’s all thanks to these sessions. Which prompted another participant to say: since you opened up the subject, me too, me too, I am taking less meds too for a few weeks now…’

I was very proud of them and what we had achieved together.

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LIFE MOTO
“Our lot is to hope, and what happens today cannot be the end of time.”
MYRIAM SAADE, art therapist

 
What is your story ?

Myriam is an actor, a theatre maker and a daydreamer. Born with a passion for the theatrical world, she sees each day as a moment to shine and make others shine as the main characters of their own stories.

She became passionate about taking part in the healing process of traumatized individuals while using Theatre techniques by giving individuals the possibility to tell their stories, express their feelings, solve problems and achieve catharsis.

Dreams ?

Giving my life into a mission for the neglected people.

Favorite artist?

Annes Geddes (Photographer)

Favorite success story as a therapist?

In 2012, I was injured by an explosion in Beirut. My face was totally ripped off and I lost my eyesight for 3 weeks. This event helped me to explore the reason and the meaning of my existence, and the fact that I couldn't see for a short period helped me to see life in a different way. I couldn't keep this experience for myself and started to spread the word, of how our life is precious and valuable, in my family, friends and community.

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ALINE EL RAMY, art therapist

 
What is your story ?

I graduated from Lebanese university with a BA in social work in 2010 committed to providing quality services to beneficiaries. She worked as a consultant in the training field with NGOs. She decided to continue her studies in music therapy with Bordeaux - AMX France in 2018. Since then, she is practicing music therapy in the mental health field.

Dreams ?

Develop emotional intelligence of children and adolescents to build a healthier society

Favorite artist?

Asmahan and Feyrouz

Favorite success story as a therapist?

A participant in music therapy sessions said

I was dead and I really feel after these sessions that I'm alive!

LIFE MOTO
"Enjoy your unique being!
BE you! "
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STEPHANIE EL OSTA, art therapist

 
What is your story ?

Stephanie is our coordination assistant who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from "La Sagesse" University.

Recruiting, translating data into useful information and reporting are her professional strengths. What keeps her busy in her free time is photography, hiking and biking.

Dreams ?

Giving my life into a mission for the neglected people.

Favorite artist?

Annes Geddes (Photographer)

Favorite success story as a therapist?
""Fall seven times stand up eight" Japanese proverb

In 2012, I was injured by an explosion in Beirut. My face was totally ripped off and I lost my eyesight for 3 weeks. This event helped me to explore the reason and the meaning of my existence, and the fact that I couldn't see for a short period helped me to see life in a different way. I couldn't keep this experience for myself and started to spread the word, of how our life is precious and valuable, in my family, friends and community.