About Maryam Mermey
|Maryam Mermey, PhD REAT
PhD Arts, Health and Society
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
Morning Glory Arts Therapy
Dr. Maryam Mermey, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, holds a Ph.D. in Arts, Health and Society. She also has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, a M.Ed. in Arts in Education, and a B.A. in Dance and Poetry. Dr. Mermey studied Art, Fairytales and Healing the Psyche at the Carl Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland and has advanced training in grief therapy. She co-presented a workshop and film called From the Heart at The Third International Children’s Bereavement Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maryam was also a cheraga or minister in the Sufi Order in the West as well as a member of the Sufi Healing Order. Dr. Mermey was formerly a grief and creative arts therapist in MA and currently has a private practice called Morning Glory Arts Therapy in Maine. Maryam collaborates with The Center for Wisdom’s Women where she offers a Healing Arts Circle for at risk women and is on the CWW Steering Committee for Sophia House, a women’s rehabilitation treatment center due to open in 2019. She also offers Healing Glass workshops at Stained Glass Express in Manchester, Maine and international trainings in Expressive Arts Therapy, Theatre for Social Change, and Multicultural Dance.
Previously, Dr. Mermey taught the first expressive arts therapy courses at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine called Exploring the Expressive Arts and the Advanced Seminar in the Expressive Arts, which included empowering at risk youth and homeless adults through the arts. She also developed an original bully prevention model called Transforming the Bullying Cycle Through the Expressive Arts, which she taught internationally. Her presentation and film on this work received a “Best Presentation” award from the Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Research Conference in San Francisco, California in 2014. She has also written a book entitled “New to the Forests of Selay” with an accompanying CD for elementary age students and teachers on transforming the bullying cycle through the expressive arts. These offerings and documentary films can be found on her web site: www.thetransformativearts.com. In the summer of 2014, Maryam and her husband Akiba, the Program Developer for The Transformative Arts, completed a film called: Norway: Art, Waterfalls, and the Human Spirit inspired by their trip to Norway. This film was shown at Railroad Square Cinema in the fall of 2014 followed by a discussion on The Healing Power of Art facilitated by Reverend Cindy Lepley. Most recently, Maryam published an article in the 2016 Journal of Maine Education entitled “Arts-based Transformative Learning.”