As a creative arts therapist, I have been astounded time and time again by the effectiveness of the creative arts to help heal emotional wounds dynamically and enjoyably.
It has been used successfully for decades in treating people with issues ranging from mild anxiety to childhood trauma and various mental illnesses.
I feel we are on the brink of a new time, where more and more Muslims are beginning to see the benefits of therapy and that the negative stigma around counselling and therapy is receding. Too many Muslims struggle with issues such as intergenerational trauma, persecution, enforced migration, FGM, forced marriage as well as sexual abuse.
For many, going to an elder in the community is not an option for fear of rejection by the community. To seek professional help from someone impartial and caring can be the only way to find the healing needed.