About Christine Michailides
Christine is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition, she has training and experience in multiple forms of behavioural intervention.
Christine has extensive experience working with children struggling with social-emotional challenges. Most importantly, she has experiences working on these issues with children who have neurological differences. This also includes children with non-verbal autism or intellectual disability. She has improved the quality of life for her clients and empower them to grow in authentic and meaningful ways.
In addition to individual therapy work, Christine works collaboratively with the ASD and LGBTQ2+ communities by offering free group sessions and expressive arts opportunities. Many schools and public organizations have regularly sought out Christine for class and family consultations.
Few clinical counsellors have the education to work with clients who may have information processing differences or work from the sensory informed approach. Most behavioural therapies are not equipped to address mental illness. As a result, there are fewer treatment options for people with ASD needing mental health services.
Christine has combined the most up-to-date studies and research-based information in both counselling and autism therapy fields into an individualized, dynamic, and multidisciplinary method of connecting and supporting children. The therapy offers clients authentic, fun, and empowering experiences, where they explore sensory integrated and meaningful ways of interacting with the world. Unlike traditional counselling, this form of counselling is effective for anyone regardless of their abilities.
Christine has worked with Developmental Disability Association, Burnaby School District, and Compass Clinic with children whose challenges ranges from common social-emotional stressors to life-long disabilities and major trauma. She is offering her services privately through Cherish Clinic.
Starting February 2020, Christine will begin her practicum as an RDI behavioural consultant and she is currently screening for potential practicum families. She continue to take on counselling clients.
Christine's Professional Educations includes:
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant-in-Training
Expressive Arts Therapy
Advanced Collaborative & Proactive Solution by Dr. Greene
Non-Aversive Strategies for Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours
Advanced Social Thinking by Dr. Winner
Self-Reg by Dr Shanker
Applied Suicide Intervention Training (Assist)
Post-Suicide Counselling and Recovery (Suicide to Hope)
Trauma Informed Care