Cherie Tan

, Profile of Art Psychotherapist, Cherie Tan

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Registered Art Psychotherapist, Registered MOE Instructor

MA Art Therapy, B. A Psychology (Hons)

Specialisation: Children, youths and families with complex trauma

Cherie is a registered art psychotherapist (ANZACATA) trained in Brisbane, Australia and Singapore. Cherie works with children, youths, and adults experiencing complex trauma. During her training as an art psychotherapist in Australia, she provided trauma-informed individual and group art psychotherapy for children, young people and vulnerable families experiencing mental health challenges. She completed her placement training in various settings, including a school-based expressive arts therapies program and a non-profit organisation setting in Queensland, Australia.

Cherie delved into the wonders, pains and confusion of the human mind, body and behavior through a B.A in Psychology (Hons). As a Psychology student, her research investigated sound symbolism performance in neurodivergent populations, looking on the spectrum of autism, savantism and synaesthesia. She then spent a few years in an art studio exploring art with children, youth and individuals with special needs as an art teacher. 

As a quiet child getting dazed playing with glitter and colours; to a passionate and indecisive young person struggling to make sense of the fluidity of self; to an adult seeking, contemplating, growing, falling, learning and reflecting creatively, art has been the role of the comforter, adventurer, thinker, devils’ advocate, and friend for Cherie. Distressed by past trauma and relational difficulties surfaced as an individual, personal therapy has allowed her to heal and have faith in the process. Cherie is consistently drawn to the innate, sensory and symbolic expression of art-making. The known, felt interaction and embodiment with art accumulated through time led Cherie to pursue a postgraduate Masters in Mental Health focused in Art Therapy. 

Cherie is a certified freediver and has a deep love for the ocean. The practice of freediving and awe of the ocean inspires her to sit with discomfort, be comforted in silence, to deeply attune with one’s mind and body, and to seek solace in nature. She passionately believes in the practice of evidence-based art therapeutic interventions to connect safety, self-expression and relational healing in mental health and complex trauma. As a developing art psychotherapist, a few modalities inform the way Cherie aspires to work in a therapeutic space. She is drawn to approaches of expressive continuum therapies, trauma-informed framework, attachment-informed, strengths-based and neurodivergent models.

Cherie has been trained at the following workshops and webinars in the field of art psychotherapy and trauma:

  • NICABM’s Treating Trauma Master Series featuring Dr Bessel van der Kolk, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Peter Levine,  Dr Allan Schore and etc
    Jan 2022
  • Trauma-informed arts therapies services at a primary school: A collaborative approach
    Jun 2020
  • Expressive Therapies Continuum
    Mar 2021
  • Domestic Family Violence and Trauma-informed Practice, Lauren Johnson, MA ArThr 
    Nov 2021
  • Working and responding creatively, Louise Louetta & Farah Suleman, MA ArThr
    Nov 2021
  • Working Cross-Culturally, In The Trauma & Settlement Context, QPSATT
    Mar 2021
  • Domestic Family Violence and Trauma-informed Practice, Lauren Johnson, MA ArThr 
    Nov 2021
  • Assessing and managing risk – Pisani (2016) Reformulating suicide risk formulation – from prediction to prevention, Dr. Jaime Yasky
    Mar 2021
  • Assessing and managing risk – Pisani (2016) Reformulating suicide risk formulation – from prediction to prevention, Dr. Jaime Yasky
    Mar 2021
  • Motivational interviewing – Rollnick, S. et al (2010) Motivational interviewing, Dr. Jaime Yasky
  • Mental Health First Aider, Australia  
    Nov 2021
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