Amid the roof of the 7th floor on a building in
As I went to write about the place, I was assigned to draw three different paintings, and due to the terrible painter I am I decided just to draw waves and eye shapes just to see what will happen. Dr. Magdy took a look at my drawings and this is when it all began. With a few looks at my drawing Dr. Magdy confronted me with my inner self solely by connecting imaginary dots from my drawing.
A friendly nature and a passion for arts make Dr. Magdy a safe haven for stranded souls and stressed out urban dwellers unwinding on canvas. It all began with art classes at Behmen, a well known rehab center, “it’s stunning what could come out from a patient’s painting” he tells me as he shows me a painting of a head on a table with blood pouring, which was of a patient struggling with suicide thoughts. Luckily, through art therapy an early detection of suicidal tendencies is possible and one can start helping the patient overcoming depression. Stressed people could go and paint randomly to unleash the stress as it’s a silent expression of a number of emotions. “Churchill used to paint during the chaos of World War II to vent stress”, Dr Magdy adds.
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Art Therapy doesn’t treat diseases, it treats disorders. By looking at a painting the therapist could identify what a person feels and goes through. Anyone can visit the center regardless of age or gender. “Usually females visit the center more as they tend to want to know themselves more than males”.
Color choice is very important in the identification, but at the end the whole painting is considered. Sometimes the disorder or the stress emerge from the first painting and other times it takes more than a painting to discover a person’s feelings and thoughts.