COVID-19  as a Moment of Truth

COVID-19 as a Moment of Truth

Following is an interview with Dr. Said Masarweh, conducted by Dr. Varda Silverberg. Said is an art therapist who works with the Arabic population in Israel–mainly with women. He is practicing a feminist approach focusing on empowering his patients within their families and community.


Covid-19 as a Moment of Truth

Dr. Said Masarweh

During the interview, Said reported that he received more new referrals than usual–an outcome he attributed to the Corona Situation. He claimed that this unusual situation has changed existing balances and created an opportunity for many people, including himself, for self-observation, self-reflection and growth. Said was a Corona patient and the process of being sick and dependent on others helped him to discover his close family and friends’ devotion to him. He regards the ‘Corona time’ as a moment of truth that helped him to clarify his true priorities in life.


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Said MasarwehI am married and a father of two girls, I live in Taibah where my parents and siblings live. My name is Said Masarweh, my mother is a housewife, my older brother is a certified electrician, my oldest sister (50 years old) lives in Taibah, my father has been working in education since the 1940's as an education counselor, and my other brother is a supervisor in hospitalization control, my youngest sister is a senior teacher of Arabic literature and matriculation exams coordinator. We are all a university graduates of institutions in Israel: Bar Ilan University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Beit Berl Academic College. I am an Art therapist, my clinic focuses on dealing with Arab Muslim living in Israel. My goal is to empower women in Arabic Israeli community, in personal family circle, and at the level of society. I have been studying over the last 20 years , I have a Psy.D from the Professional School Of Psychology in California, and a five master degrees in different subjects of therapy using music, art, movement and psychodrama. This year I started specialization in sexology. All of this is upon the needs of my clients in the Arab society in Israel.

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