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Dance Movement Therapy

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is body and movement based therapy that aims to integrate body and mind. DMT is one of creative arts psychotherapies (Dance and Movement, Art, Drama and Music Therapies). DMT takes creative, delicate and sensible approaches and provides a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore different movement and understand inner sense. DMT is for those who may would like to move the body and nonverbally communicate rather than speaking. My approach is psychodynamic, integrative and humanistic. More details about dance therapy at the Dance Therapy Association of Australasia

Session - How may it look like?

Therapist ​invites you to start with a warmup to loosen to loosen muscles and awaken the senses through gentle movement and breathing. You are encouraged to move as authentically as you may feel; there is no teaching of steps or set movement. You do not require any skills or experience of dance. You are allowed to be still if it feels to you that is what you want to do. We may use props such as cloths, ribbons, balls, objects and so on and sometimes sounds and voices are accompanied. At the end of the sessions, you are invited to verbally reflect on the session or draw or paint to express any arising emotions.

Children's session may look differently. Go to the Therapy for Children section. 

 

Benefits

  • Discover a connection between body and mind through movements

  • Ground bodily through breathing 

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Understand about yourself better and in a more positively way

  • Provide an opportunity to enhance imagination and creativity

  • Establish a relationship with others

  • Improve communication, motor, gross skills

Form of Therapy

  • One-to-one sessions and

  • group therapy

Age (0-65)

  • Children, adolescents 

  • Adults

Clients Group ....I specialise in working with people with

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Attention Deficient Hyper Disorder

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Loss, Grief

  • Trauma - practicing trauma informed care

  • Attachment Issues

  • Emotional & Behavioural Issues

  • Sensory Disorders

NDIS and Dance Movement Therapy 

For Australian clients with NDIS funding, you can access dance movement therapy if your funding is 

  • Self-Managed

  • Plan-Managed or 

  • Combination of the above

 

Space and Safety

Space is vital for building a therapeutic alliance between you and I, the therapist. No one would be allowed to enter, interfere in the middle of the session. The therapeutic environment will be contained and respected. With the Covid-19 Government Safety Guideline, you are required to do the check-in before entering the premise. I also offer online sessions if that may suit your needs. 

Duration and Fees 

Once you decide to see me, you will be guided to send me a referral form, consent form that includes the price guidance and cancellation policy. You will have an initial assessment session that includes a taster session - for you to experience and feel what it is like and see if this is a right choice of therapy for you. You do not need to commit yourself at this stage. Each session is 60 minute long. The prices will be reviewed every three month. If you need a concession for your personal reasons, please do not hesitate to let me know. I can offer some discounts for the limited spots. 
  • One-off session, it is $160. 
  • For a set of three sessions, it is $140 per session. 
  • For a set of six sessions, it is $120 per session.
  • If you decide to continue for a longer term (more than three months, i.e., 12 sessions), it is $100 per session. We will review the objects and goals including the price every 3 months.  

(The above rates are fixed as in April 2021. The next review will be in July 2021.)

Cancellation Policy

If you notify me of your cancellation within 48 hours, you will be charged 50%. If within 24 hours, you will be charged 100%. 

Session Place

at Kokoro Healing Collective, 259, Grange Road, Findon SA 5023