About Christine Michailides

Background

Christine is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy.  In addition, she has up-to-date information, training, and experience in multiple approaches to supporting children with neurodiversity.

Christine has extensive experience working with children struggling with social-emotional challenges.  Most importantly, she has experience working on these issues with children who have neurological differences.  This also includes non-verbal children.  Her craft is deeply intuned with the "differently sensitive differently skilled" approach.  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 is an avid advocate for neurodiversity rights and inclusion at homes, schools, and with other therapy providers.  She does not see neurodiversity as a disability but rather a different way of experiencing the world that is just as valid and beautiful.  Adults must first identify and challenge how the environment and their own value systems may be contributing ​to a child's difficulties before placing the responsibility for change upon the child.

Many schools and public organizations have also regularly sought out Christine for class and family consultations.

ASD Expertise

Few clinical counsellors have the education to work with clients who may have information processing differences or work from the neurodiverse affirmative approach. Most behavioural therapies are not equipped to address mental health concerns. 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 all abilities. 

Christine is dedicated in ensuring her practice is compliant with Neurodiversity Therapist Collective.

Current Work

Christine has worked with Developmental Disability Association, Burnaby School District, and Compass Clinic.  She is offering her services privately through Cherish Clinic.

 

Christine's long-term caseload is full.  She is only taking short-term clients, consults, and screenings.

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 Michelle Garcia Winner

  • Self-Reg by Dr Shanker

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Training (Assist)

  • Post-Suicide Counselling and Recovery (Suicide to Hope)

  • Trauma-Informed Care

*While Social Thinking provides amazing insight in understanding how our brain process and understand social information and communication, Christine does NOT use the Social Thinking treatment program.