Welcome To Bigheart Integrative Arts Therapy Studio
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Cher Curshen founded Bigheart Studio in 2001, a centre for self exploration and holistic healing located in Toronto. There she enjoys general private practice serving children, youth, adults and families. Cher is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Consultant, Educator and Therapeutic Touch Recognized Practitioner, with over 16 years experience working with families, children, youth and adults. She has experience working broadly across the GTA within health and social service agencies and in school settings supporting individuals living with life limiting illness, trauma, complex and traumatic grief, anticipatory grief and loss, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and addictions and compassion fatigue. Cher subscribes to the code of ethics and standards of practice of the Ontario Psychotherapy Association and OACCPP and The College Of Registered Psychotherapists CRPO. Cher accepts payment through extended health benefit plans.
Her approaches include but are not limited to:
Expressive Arts Therapy
Compassion Fatigue Counseling
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques
She completed training in the field of expressive arts therapy in Toronto, Canada in 1999 and is a Trauma Specialist. She continues to bring new learning and skills to her practice through ongoing professional education. Teachings in Crisis Intervention, SafeTalk Suicide Alertness, Mindfulness Meditation, MBCT Facilitator Training, TF-CBT, Narrative Therapy Certification and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are incorporated into Cher’s work with individuals. She uses a number of highly effective treatment therapies for reducing and regulating traumatic event symptoms that interfere with present living, in addition to offering trauma assessments.
Cher is grounded, calm, highly compassionate, energetically strong and balanced making her a soothing presence as therapist, body energy therapist and trauma specialist. Although talk therapy is common when visiting Cher she encourages creative expression within a variety of art modalities that include; visual arts, music and voice, poetry, writing and storytelling. Her relationship with individuals is guided by a person centered approach, genuine caring and respect and her belief in the capacity for healing and growth. She infuses her practice with positive life energy and dedication and utilizes creative arts techniques in a gentle, sensitive and active way.
Cher’s experience in the use of body energy therapy with individuals living with the effects of trauma symptoms, depression, anxiety, and physical and emotional pain has proven to be a highly beneficial process for many. The body energy therapy process is based largely on the feeling sense of the body and is not entirely a cognitive one. Cher has found this to be ideal in calming and soothing somatic responses to trauma.
Cher has provided consultation, program development, trainings, group facilitation, and therapy services to the following agencies: Dorothy Ley Hospice, where she was Integrative Wellness Coordinator for 8 years, Children's Aid Society (CAST), Key Assets Fostering Agency, Toronto East General Hospital, Trillium Health Centre, Wellspring, Alzhiemers Society, Native Child and Family Services, Aids Committee of Toronto (ACT), Sherbourne Health Centre, Casey House Hospice, Hospice Toronto, Bereaved Families of Toronto and Halton Peel branches, Gildas Club and Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House where she was resident therapist for 7 years.
Cher is deeply involved in her own healing work and regularly receives treatments in modalities that are the same or similar to those she offers. She believes that art is a healing agent that works from within and enjoys living her life through creativity.
To continue your journey with Cher, after visiting these pages, begin your investment in yourself and your future well-being by connecting through the contact page or by reaching out to Cher now
The RAW Art Show was on display at Burlington Art Gallery with Carpenter Hospice.
The Compassionate City Charter of Burlington provided an opportunity for Carpenter Hospice to engage residents in raising awareness about hospice. Over 300 people completed surveys that explored their comfort level with the dying process. At the show they were invited to spend reflective time in the quiet reflection room and viewed my RAW art show.
RAW Art towards Compassion Satisfaction As an expressive arts therapist, I have learned to use the arts as a personal tool to 'let go' express and reflect. RAW is my exploration of different concepts and emotions experienced by families living through end of life experiences.
RAW is my collection of art pieces so far. I welcome others to join me and share in this process towards a larger art show - a collection of listening professionals art, representing the rawness of living and dying and the work that we do.