GAIA is a gender-affirming and arts-based therapy group for non-binary, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth. Over the course of 4 weekly sessions, participants are invited to explore themes of self and identity, gender in the body, gender expression & presentation through art therapy and sensory-friendly co-creation. 

Early adolescence is a formative and transitional life stage. GAIA is a creative, inclusive space to get curious, imaginative, and compassionate with what it means to be authentically yourself, on your terms. The program is facilitated by a non-binary, art therapist and each group experience is customized. Participants are matched based on similar access needs and sensory profiles. 

Maximum 5 children 

$650 for 4 session of 90 minute each.


How groups “happen” at Cherish:

At Cherish Clinic, we are quite specific when it comes to matching group members… at the expense of practicality and financial viability.  We match clients using the Double Empathy Problem model and asking the question “can the group members seamlessly get along with each other?”  We look at neurological profiles, communication profiles, personalities, interests, preferences, accessibility needs, scheduling etc etc. For example, the empowered swearing morbid camp and the sensitive houseplant morbid camp would benefit different types of children, and if only one child is into pokemon in a group, that just won’t work.  As a consequence, group events rarely happen at Cherish, but we have a lot of demands, but not many matches.

What has worked best has been a client-initiated and community-led approach to groups.  For example, a parent may recruit neurodivergent friends of their children first and Cherish will recruit more participants to this core group of children. Some parents will advertise in local neurodivergent community groups seeking participants they know their children would get along with.  If you have 4 compatible kids, we will happily run it.

Next option is to join our waitlist and make sure to describe the child in as much detail as possible. If we have enough people with the same similarity or a core group needs additional participants, we will run the group. 

If you have any questions, please use the comment section below.