NYP03) Healing Through Arts: Confronting the Inner Critic (Age 15+)

The inner critic surfaces as a negative self-talk on repetition sounding “I’m not good enough” sometimes subtly and sometimes loudly. This often feeds self-doubt, knocks confidence and esteem, creates barriers to reaching our goals and undermines our potential to progress and succeed. This needs to be understood especially if we have set goals for the new year, this is the time to confront the inner critic and quash its attempt to sabotage. It can at times also positively motivate us when in check.


This workshop will aid a creative solution, not shutting down the critic, as research suggests this will not work as the voice will return no matter how hard we attempt to suppress it. We will delve into root causes, how to reconcile with our inner critic and balance its impact. We will look to healthily mitigate self-critical, repetitive patterns of thinking that the inner critic employs, known as cognitive distortions.

Class Outline

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Mixed Media (art media available on hand) such as, color pencils, colored markers, pens, pencils, paper, watercolor paints, paint brushes, etc. 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Sat, 28 Jan, 2023
Sat, 28 Jan, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Sara Powell (AThR)


SARA POWELL is the founder of ATIC Psychological Counseling Center. She is from the UK, a Third Culture Kid, growing up in the Gulf. She is an Art Psychotherapist and is registered with the Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) UK and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). Sara has over 11 years of clinical experience and has provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families, and facilitated a variety of groups and programs. Sara is passionate about supporting women, specializing in child and adolescent-related disorders, and has worked extensively with people of determination and those who are non-verbal. Sara is a mother to a toddler and during her pregnancy observed a need for perinatal and postnatal mental health as well as an overall lack of early intervention services available for children 6 years and below, which led Sara to the introduction of ATIC’s Early Intervention and Child Development services. Sara has overseen numerous projects consulting Government agencies in Singapore and UAE (in forensic settings, with addiction as well as in medical settings, and with vulnerable children and young people). Sara is a published author and has presented at many national, regional, and international conferences.