About Christine Michailides
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 children with non-verbal autism or intellectual disability. 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.
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 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 has worked with Developmental Disability Association, Burnaby School District, and Compass Clinic. She is offering her services privately through Cherish Clinic.
Starting February 2020, Christine will begin her practicum as an RDI consultant. She continues 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 Michelle Garcia Winner
Self-Reg by Dr Shanker
Applied Suicide Intervention Training (Assist)
Post-Suicide Counselling and Recovery (Suicide to Hope)
*While Social Thinking provides amazing insight in understanding how our brain process and understand social information, Christine does not use the Social Thinking treatment program.