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Artfeels Counselling and Art Therapy is a counselling private practice located in Burnaby, BC. Taking space on the ancestral, unceded territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Sel̓íl̓witulh, and Kwikwetlem Nations, it serves the communities by providing affordable and low-barrier counselling care, rooted in anti-oppressive and decolonizing values.
The founder and therapist, Xu Wang (she/they) is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and an art therapist. As a half-generation immigrant and a non-binary person of colour, Xu is committed to culturally-sensitive and strength-based practices that challenge systems of power and oppression.
In keeping with her personal/political/professional experiences, Xu has a deep and nuanced understanding that mental health distress is a result of systemic violence. She supports clients by challenging systems of oppression, validating lived experiences, and celebrating resistance.
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Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?
Clients can fill in their pronouns, and preferred names as well as identify other identifiers that are important for their identities.
Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?
I use only preferred names in the therapeutic setting, that includes all forms, letters, and charted notes.
Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?
Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?
—Yes, to some extent
As much as I can, I connect Indigenous clients to culturally affirming resources and help clients bridge the transition. Many of the resources fall outside of my scope of practice as a non indigenous counsellor, so I am on a never-ending journey to learn as much as I can about what is available and refer clients as necessary.
Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?
Questions about gender identity and sexual orientation are fundamental pieces of information about a person that informs my practice. I ask these questions in my intake forms and also invite clients to talk about them in the context of their mental health and lived experiences during the first session
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?
Many traditional mainstream forms of psychotherapies are rooted in heteronormative assumptions. I am committed to deliver service that validates all forms of gender and sexual identities.
Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?
Do you and your colleagues have experience working with people who identify as living with a disability or chronic illness? Please tell us more about your experience and any training you have received. (For example, do you have experience working with people with diverse physical or cognitive abilities, or those who are living with specific chronic illness(es)?
Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?
Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?
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Last updated: January 19, 2022
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