The Specialist Clinic offers children with cancer and their families, as well as youth cancer survivors outlets for them to express and handle their emotions, feelings and thoughts through various therapies including Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Family Therapy and Grief Therapy.
Play Therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them.
With the use of different mediums of play (art, sandtray, puppets, etc.), Play Therapy helps children explore their feelings, to express themselves and to make sense of their life experiences within a safe and nurturing relationship.
PlayCove is a group therapy for children aged between 3 and 6 years old to aid in the development of their emotional regulation, expression and understanding through sensory-rich play experiences.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative process with different art materials to help people communicate their thoughts and feelings, develop self-awareness and cope with stress.
Through art-making processes at Open Studio, beneficiaries make meaning of their shared experiences and emotions while providing support to each other.
Photovoice uses photography to give voice to youth survivors coping with long term effects of survivorship, as a way to create change and approach empowerment.
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. It is a goal oriented, planned and structured therapeutic intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function through the experience of human-animal bond.
Through Family Therapy, family members are guided to use their strengths to manage transitional stages or stressful life events such as a serious illness or a death of a family member.
Experiencing major life changes, loss and death of loved ones can be very painful and lead to grief. Grief Therapy helps the grieving person to process feelings and thoughts resulting from the loss.