Natalia Gomez Carlier
Muscat Daily columnist
Natalia was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a degree in psychology from the Universidad de Los Andes in 1998 after completing her thesis on adolescent relationships. Natalia received a master’s in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in May 2005. She is a registered art therapist with the American Association of Art Therapy and has practiced as a psychotherapist for more than ten years. She has worked as a psychotherapist and an art therapist in Chicago, New York and Bogota. She has now joined Al Harub Medical Centre.
We live a fast-paced busy life with constant challenges brought upon us. Sometimes these challenges become too much to handle on our own, which is when asking for help is essential.
Well-being is connected to a deep desire for happiness. Happiness is not the same as pleasure, as pleasure is transient and elusive. Sure, we long for pleasure and often get distracted in the pursuit of the fleeting satisfaction of a creamy warm chocolate cake, but this doesn’t last. Well-being is about a long lasting state of being well, a state that closely connects with happiness, health and prosperity.
Creativity has been receiving a lot of attention lately. Living in this rapidly changing world, creativity and innovation have become important assets. From being more creative in the workplace and creating new opportunities, to being more creative in cooking healthy and delicious food, the world has turned its eyes to this before forgotten skill.
Children love to express themselves through art. Art is connected to creativity, growth and joy, but it is also a way to express feelings and emotions. Art provides a creative and fun space where everything is possible, where dreams can be real and the imagination soars.