Mahmoud Darwish

"I AM FROM THERE. I AM FROM HERE. I AM NOT THERE AND I AM NOT HERE. I HAVE TWO NAMES, WHICH MEET & PART, AND I HAVE TWO LANGUAGES. I FORGET WHICH OF THERM I DREAM IN."

MY STORY

I was born and raised in Tehran, a dynamic and modern city with breathtaking views of the Alborz mountains. I was an enthusiastic child with a great deal of curiosity and a desire for learning. As a teenager, I found comfort in literature. I was particularly fond of heroes and heroines and their adventures. Protagonists who were often supported by external forces (natural /supernatural) but above all by their internal powers. These stories sparked questions in me and ignited my desire to become a therapist.

 

I wondered: “Can I help others in their journey to have a happier and more fulfilling life? Can I be their guide to connect with their inner wisdom and see the light despite all the darkness”?

To be that person, I spent six years of study to become a psychologist. During my years of study, I practised as a visual artist and studied history of art. Through my own creative quest and working with clients who found words insufficient to express their inner experiences, I felt something was missing in my professional practice. I pondered how can I marry psychology and art (two passions of my life). I came across creatives art therapies when completing my master’s thesis on performance anxiety among musicians and reading about surrealism.

 

I migrated to Australia to study Master of Art Therapy. After finishing my course, I worked in different capacities as a therapist and now I call Australia my home. When I am not working, I enjoy art-making, cooking, practising yoga, spending time with friends and family, dancing and reading.