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A Place of

Marie Jose’s Approach

The Centre for Expressive Therapy

Who we are

The Centre for Expressive Therapy is a place of healing and personal growth for people of all ages, and a place of learning and rejuvenation for healthcare professionals. It was founded in 1990 by Marie José Dhaese to provide counselling and psychotherapy for children, youth and adults as well as training for healthcare professionals in a setting that reflects and supports her approach to healing — Expressive Play Therapy®, a holistic and integrative approach.

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Just as every seed has within it a germ that holds the capacity and drive to grow toward the light and to become whatever plant is coded within its genes, it is my view that all human beings are born with the possibility and drive to not only survive, but to grow, flourish and be whole.

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Counselling services and psychotherapy are available for people of all ages. Marie José also specializes in providing therapy for therapists. Counselling methods used are rooted in Expressive Play Therapy®, a holistic and integrative approach that takes into consideration the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs of the client.

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Expressive Play Therapy® Training

for Health Care Professionals

The Centre for Expressive Therapy offers unique learning opportunities and self-care retreats for mental health professionals working in a variety of capacities. Marie José also provides consultation and supervision for therapists using Expressive Play Therapy® methods in their practice.

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Expressive Play Therapy®


Expressive Play Therapy® has been proven to help children and adults experiencing the consequences of a variety of stresses and difficult situations, including:

  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Accidents, illness and hospitalization
  • Attachment issues, foster care, adoption
  • Autism spectrum
  • Grief, loss, bereavement
  • Life transitions
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Stress in the workplace
  • Traumas of all types
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Questions about Expressive Play Therapy®?

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Getting Here

Located in Beautiful Parksville, BC, Canada

The Centre for Expressive Therapy is just a five-minute walk from the ocean on a secluded acre of garden on Vancouver Island. Learn more about how to get here and where to stay when you arrive.

Getting Here