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Farah S. Alhaidar

I am a bilingual art therapy counselor practicing from a cross-cultural understanding, and providing services in both English and Arabic.

My art therapy and counseling practice is centered within an intersectional feminist and social justice lens, a trauma-informed approach, and a relational-cultural framework. I incorporate mindfulness, mind-body techniques, and creative elements to facilitate a safe processing space. I have offered my services in clinical and community-based settings.

My clinical experience includes working with domestic and gender-based violence survivors, refugees and immigrants, and young adults recovering from trauma and substance use.

I offer individual, group, and family sessions for adults, youth and children. In my sessions, we built relationships based on creative expression by incorporating the use of art materials to process trauma and triggers, developing strategies for connecting with internal and external resources, and for managing emotional regulation.

As a multidisciplinary studio artist, my practice is rooted in photography and expands into video, performance, fibers, projection, and installation. I attempt to capture the portals and spaces between two or more worlds, as I engage the performing body in movement from cultural to natural landscapes. My artwork explores the politics of seeing and the roles of access, agency and power in the displacement of identity as a material.

As I continue to engage in my own studio practice, I see reflections of my research and material exploration bridge into my clinical work. Where in our sessions, participants and I explore traditional visual arts mediums and beyond. Including painting and drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, installation, movement, sound, and so much more. Through our creative material exploration, participants can externalize inner experiences and create tangible, visual evidence of the changes they want to make in their lives.

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