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Dance Movement Therapy
for Children and Adolescents

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a creative therapy that uses body, movement and dance. In DMT, we do a lot of creative things! Play, dance, play drums, games even drawings sometimes! It is fun because you can do what you like to do. It means that I, as a therapist keep you safe and provide a space for you to express. Please contact me if you may think this is what you need. 

I specialise in working with children and adolescents with 

  • Trauma

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders 

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression 

 

DMT for Children (under 12)

DMT for children under 12 is more play-based. Child can express thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours through play. I as a therapist, enter the world of the child and follows the child’s lead. That is the best outcome of accessing the child’s inner world that might be disturbed.

 

DMT for Adolescents (above 13)

For adolescents, it is more dance and movement based therapy.

 

How DMT may help your child

  • Regulate emotions – Therapist will help your child to find a way to regulate difficult emotions and moments. E.g. Breathing exercise, creating a sequence of movement that calms the child down.

 

  • Enhance child’s imagination – Imagination is important for child to explore something that may not be possible in his/her reality. Through play and movement, child may project his/her reality (e.g. frustrations around being not understood by peers and teachers) into imaginary plays and express difficult emotions imaginatively.

 

  • Gain a sense of balance and control – DMT can improve child’s motor skills through his/her existing skills

 

  • Learn how to build a positive relationship – Therapist is present to build a therapeutic relationship. Child learns how to safely and positively build a relationship with the other (therapist) in the space.

 

How long is the session?

It is 45 minutes for children.

How do I go about starting the session?

I offer a block of three initial sessions. In the first session, I will conduct an assessment. For example, you will be asked the purpose of doing therapy, family background, concerns and so on. After the three sessions and you decide to continue with me, you will be blocked for ten sessions. We will discuss a possibility of continuation for another block of ten sessions at the eight session.

 

What are there in the therapy room?

  • There are props such as parachute, balls, ribbons, puppets that child can imaginatively play and move with.

 

  • Drawing Materials or White Board where child can freely express

 

Does the caregiver need to stay in the room?

No. I encourage child to stay with the therapist on his/her own so that he/she can freely express. Safety is the most primary focus for me, therefore I request the person who accompanies the child to stay outside the room but nearby so that the caregiver can be accessed as soon as possible when necessary.

 

Can I pay the session from the NDIS funding?

Yes, if you are either plan managed or self-managed. The NDIS goals will be in line with therapeutic goals that would be informed parents/carers after the assessment. Goals may be evolved with discussions with caregivers.

Safeguarding is my priority. 

I obtained and maintain the following certificates up-to-date;

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance

  • Police Check

  • The Working with Children Check

  • First Aid

  • Through their Eyes Training Certificate

  • RAN Training Certificate

Price Guideline 

Price can be found here. For NDIS participants, please go to the NDIS page.