Dhaese, Ph.D. born and educated in France, is an adult/child/youth and family therapist and a clinical consultant in private practice. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Registered Art Therapist (ATR and BCATR), a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), and a certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist
Marie-José celebrates close to 40 years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. For close to 30 years, she has been teaching internationally the approach and therapeutic methods she has developed:
Holistic Expressive Play Therapy. She has been a frequent speaker at art therapy, play therapy and mental health conferences throughout North America
presenting the approach and methods she
has pioneered, particularly in the field of abuse, loss and trauma.
For over 25 years she has taught her popular courses at the
Justice Institute where a certificate on Holistic Expressive Play therapy is now offered and where she was recently honoured with the "Instructor of the Year
Marie-José founded the
Centre For Expressive Therapy, located in Parksville on Vancouver Island where as well as offering
Counselling Services and
Retreats, she provides a wide variety of
training opportunities for health care professionals. The Centre
has become a place of learning and
retreat for clients and professionals from all over North America.
animal companions assist her in her counselling and teaching whenever appropriate.