Frequently asked questions
About Cherish Pediatric Counselling
What is the differences between Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy?
The two therapies originates from different philosophical foundation and have very constrasting therapy approaches. The short answer is: "The difference between expressive arts therapy and art therapy is that expressive arts therapy draws from a variety of art forms, while art therapy tends to be based on one particular art form." - Psychology Today
Do you do home-visits?
Cherish Pediatric Clinic is equipped to meet individual children's physical, sensory, and emotional needs, and these equipments cannot travel easily. Plus, play sessions are often messy and joyfully loud.
Are you a Registered Clinical Counsellor?
No. I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC). I am licensed through the Associaton of Cooperative Counsellors Therapist of Canada (ACCT).
Is Expressive Arts Therapy science-based mental health service?
Yes! Not only is Expressive Arts Therapy firmly based in neuroscience, but the paediatric component also shares many familiar names of psychologist with behavioural science fields. It is worth noting that Dr. Dan Siegle's works and researches are featured and cited prominently and frequently in the course materials.
My child cannot speak or hold a crayon, can your therapy work for them?
Yes! This form of therapy is perfectly suited to work with any child at any level of abilities.
What methods of behavioural intervention do you incorporate?
For young children with ASD (or suspected), Christine's counselling technique is in-line with the philosophy behind Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). For teens and adults working on advanced social developement, Dr. Winner's social compentancy model may be used as scafolding for creative play, but Social Thinking Strategies and Superflex curriculum will NOT be used.
Is your therapy LGBQT+ Affirmative?
Yes! The underlying principles of Expressive Arts Therapy upholds a non-pathological view on sexual orientations and gender identities. The therapy facilitates a peron-in environment perspective and is strength-based.
Who would you accept as clients?
Cherish Clinic in Burnaby can only accept children and teens below 140lb and 12 years old and their caregivers. This is due to zoning bylaw and some equipements' weight restriction.
What are some issues that you work on?
What are some issues you cannot work on?
Expressive Art Therapy is contraindicative for individuals with unmanaged psychosis or having psychotic episodes.
I am a mental health professional, I want to know more about Expressive Arts Therapy
If you asked 10 Expressive Arts Therapists what Expressive Arts Therapy (EXART) is, you will likely get 10 very different and beautiful answers.
I cannot or do not want to dance, sing, draw, etc etc.
Expressive Arts does not define arts in the sterotypical sense. Arts means a creative process.
Verbal communication is hard or not possible for me or my child, can your therapy work?
Yes! Verbal interaction and responses are not required in Expressive Arts Therapy.
My child is having thoughts or behaviour of suicide, can you help?
Yes. Christine is trained in ASIST model of sucide prevention, intervention, and postvention.