… Art Therapists are trained in the psychology of mark making and symbolism, in non-verbal communication, psychotherapeutic understanding of child development and family dynamics, and the importance of boundaries. They recognise that image making is an extremely potent activity and aim to use their visual and psychotherapeutic literacy to enable change with those with whom they work. The ways in which they do this vary according to the client/patient group or individual, the context, and the therapist. There is, however, always an emphasis on creativity and the therapeutic relationship.
Born and raised in Iran, Mehdi is sensitive to cross-cultural and minority issues, as well as alternative lifestyle choices. Mehdi emphasizes the function of art as meditation, as a way to knowledge. In therapy, Mehdi always encourages the person’s sense connection with the Self and personal intuition. When we draw we come to know what we draw in ways that cannot be described with words. Through art-making we draw out what we know deeply about ourselves and about the subject, but of which we were not aware before. This is the strength of art therapy.
He lives and works on Vancouver Island. Mehdi remains strongly dedicated to the process of creativity and its benefits to all people.