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Dance Movement Therapy

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I offer dance movement therapy (DMT) sessions as an alternative way to talking therapy (counselling or psychology session). DMT is a body and movement based psychotherapy and creatively explores body and mind connection. My priority is that the space you will be in is safe and confidential. 

How long and often is the session?

Duration of the session for adults is 60 minutes and for children 45 minutes. It is offered weekly at the same time of the same day. 

How Do I go about the process?

If you think this is a kind of therapy that you may wish to try, please contact me or please fill the referral form. I first offer a free half-an-hour consultation by phone or zoom if necessary. This is the opportunity for you to ask me any questions you may have for further clarification. 

What is Dance Movement Therapy?

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a body and movement-based psychotherapy that aims to integrate body and mind. DMT takes creative, delicate and sensible approaches and provides a safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore different movements and understand about yourself better. 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 movement therapy at the Dance Therapy Association of Australasia.

Session - How may it look like?

I  you to start with a warmup to loosen your 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 

I work with people of all ages;

  • Children, adolescents 

  • Adults

I specialise in working with people with

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

  • Attention Deficient Hyper Disorder

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Loss and Grief

  • Trauma - practicing trauma informed care

  • Attachment Issues

  • Emotional & Behavioural Issues

NDIS and Dance Movement Therapy 

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

  • Self-Managed or 

  • Plan-Managed

 

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 and in case we may be in lockdown. 

Duration and Fees 

I will send you a referral form and consent form that include the fees guideline and cancellation policy. You may just want to have a taster session or three initial assessment sessions to experience and feel what it is like to bodily explore 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 for adults and young people (if they may choose) and 45 minutes for children. The fees will be reviewed every six months. 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. 

Cancellation Policy

If you notify me of your cancellation

- within 72 hours, you will not be charged,

- within 48 hours you will be charged 50 %, and

- within 24 hours, you will be charged 100 %.