Associate Members List

This page lists members who have achieved Associate Membership status of the DTAA. This level of membership includes two types of professionals: the first have some dance movement therapy training and are on the pathway to becoming a Provisional or Professional Member; and the others are professionals with related training and are interested in the use of therapeutic dance in their work. The Association does not recognise members at this level as ‘dance movement therapists’. Titles like ‘therapeutic dance specialist’ are recommended instead. For a listing of members at other levels, please go to our Professional Members and Provisional Professional page. For information about becoming an Associate Member, please go to our membership page. Associate Members: to have your details on this list added or amended, please contact the DTAA.

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Ben Assan
Melbourne metropolitan area
Bachelor Child and Adolescent Psych Nursing, Grad Dip Movement Dance, Post Grad Dip Family Therapy, Adv Cert Couple Therapy, DTAA (Associate), originally from Ghana, is a child and family therapist at the Austin Hospital. He uses his dance movement therapy expertise in his work with hard to engage adolescents and their families. Ben has experience in community residential and forensic mental health and has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Australian Journal of Psychiatry.

Chafia Brooks
Melbourne, Central and Northern Suburbs
BFA – Dance (With Distinction) Queensland University of Technology, focusing on contemporary dance. Dip Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute, DTAA (Associate)
Chafia has experience as a trained dancer, choreographer and movement awareness coach working in the performing arts industry for over 10 years. She works predominantly with youth, performing artists, and individuals interested in self care through creative exploration. Chafia uses her skills in dance practice to engage others in the therapeutic aspects of experiential, educational and performative movement. She offers private or group sessions and has experience working with The Commission for Children and Young People, Headspace, YAMEC NMIT, Early Learning Centre Melbourne Uni as well as other arts organisations.
Tel: 0427030151 / Email:

Alisha Coon
Melbourne and surrounding suburbs
Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy from Phoenix Institute, DTAA (Associate)
In January 2015, Alisha launched Sound of Moves ~ A Creative and Expressive Arts Centre which works closely with institutions such as the MacKillop Family and Berry Street to engage disadvantaged and troubled youth through dance and creative arts. Alisha is also a registered ARAD Ballet teacher and is currently studying Early Childhood Education.
Tel: 0429 831 315 / Email:

Selena Cox-Walsh
Castlemaine, Central Victoria and Bendigo
Seven Turns Dance Collective ph. 0478 605 506 0478 605 506
Cert. DMT, has studied advanced diploma of DMT, DTAA (Associate)
Experienced with frail aged and dementia, and with children and parent groups.
Tel. 0417 699 436 / Email:

Monica Espinoza Anguerre – Melbourne North Eastern Suburbs
Adv. Clinical Training Dip. Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA), Cert. Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA), Cert. IV Dance & Management (ATO), Nia & Nia 5 Stages Practitioner, Ageless Grace Educator, Cert. Practicalities of Counselling (AIPC), Master in Business Administration (MBA-La Trobe University), Cert. Massage, Cert. Physiology of the Physical Effort (Peru) Cert. Nursing (Cayetano), DTAA (Associate). Monica provides services with a therapeutic emphasis in dance and movement for people with special needs, Creative Ballet for Pre Schoolers, Creative Dance Acro Rhythmic for Primary School Age, Dance Movement support groups.
Dance Therapy Experience: Children and Adults with Disability, Physical and Intellectual Disabilities, Children with ADHD and behavioural like problems, Adult Women Post Cancer Survival, Arthritis, Parkinson and MS, Elderly inc. High Care and Support to Rehabilitation programs.Other Programs: Individual and groups utilising combined skills for Creative Dance Expression, Therapeutic Dance, Nia, Nia 5 Stages- based on human developmental movements, Ageless Grace.  Monica is a Dance Movement Specialist and Therapist with a Spanish background and studies overseas and a special interest in the Art of Dance and Inner Wisdom through Authentic Movement and the creative ability of dance that promotes general wellbeing. Monica interests are with Adults and Children with Disability, ADHD and behavioural like problems, Audio processing disorder, and developmental delay and support those recovering from illness or injury; chronic pain management; Women’s health issues inc. Post cancer survival, Arthritis, MS, and Parkinson’s’; She applies DMT to her creative expressive dance classes, Dance to Performance supporting community groups and Council Initiatives for children and adults with all abilities.
Mob: 0411 230 444 / Email: or

Gabrielle Farrugia
CBD, Northern Suburbs
Diploma Dance Movement Therapy (Phoenix), BA Psychology, Ballroom Dance technique – Forever DanceCultural dance Technique (Dancehall, Hip Hop, Street Latin) – Private, The Space, Unitd Styles, Somatic Psychotherapy (development training), DTAA (Associate)
Flemington, Melbourne.
Tel: 0435 019 820 / Email:

Lee Frances
Masters Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)/accessible performing arts teacher, DTAA (Associate)
Lee runs Spring into Action in association with a professional dance teacher and an early Intervention Teacher. Current groups include Parent-Child Dance and play group for preschool children who have special needs, an inclusive Dance and Create group for adolescents, Boyz Drama groups for boys who have Asperger Syndrome or similar, creative ballet for primary school age and Discover Dance for pre-schoolers. Also, creative dance classes at special schools using the Sports Commission Active Afterschool Community funding. Dance studio is also available to Dance Teachers and Dance Therapists for rent.
Tel: 0437 194 238 0437 194 238 / Email:
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Ana Irene Gioino-Blythman
Surrey Hills, Victoria
Graduate Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts, (DanceTherapy) RMIT, DTAA (Associate) Areas of specialist expertise: Group work: mothers and babies / mental health.  Private practise: mental/emotional issues: anxiety, depression, shame, withdrawal, doubt, fear, sadness, rage, vulnerability, insecurity, post-traumatic stress disorder… and more.
Tel: 03 9849 1287 03 9849 1287 /  Email:

John Howard
Footscray, Melbourne
BA BSW PhD (Performance studies), AMusA (singing), certified Middendorf Breathwork practitioner, DTAA (Associate)
John runs the Body Voice Centre in Footscray, Melbourne. He specialises in the connections of body, breath and voice. He works individually with people wanting to explore and develop their voices, and leads occasional projects exploring the full potential of the human voice through movement and body and breath awareness. John leads a monthly gathering focused on the Middendorf breathwork, and offers weekly breath meditations on Tuesday mornings and some Friday evenings – see website for dates and details. The Body Voice studio is available for hire to performers and others in related fields.
Mobile: 0430 120 436 / Email

Melanie Keely
North Eastern suburbs and Yarra Valley
IDTIA Cert in DMT, Cert HS(Disability), BHACS (Counselling), DTAA (Associate)
Currently working with young people and adults who have a disability
Mob: 0400 985 929 / Email:

Jessica Lesosky
Surf Coast Region and Geelong Region
Grad.Dip Vis and Perf Arts( Dance/Movement Therapy) RMIT, DTAA (Associate)
Working with young people and community. Group work with adolescent girls using movement/improvisation and drama. Sharing stories surrounding body image and body awareness. Jessica is a performer in contemporary and physical theatre. She has been teaching and exploring creative movement with children aged 2 to 12 for the past 9 years.
Mobile: 0421 519 743 / Email:

Tiana Lentini
Area: South Eastern Suburbs
ISMETA (Member International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Assoc), DTAA (Associate) Graduate and Associate Teacher of the Tamalpa Institute, USA and works as a Anna Halprin Practitioner and somatic movement therapist in Melbourne. Tiana’s influences include Tony Norquay’s Movement Ritual and Soul Dance classes for more than 25 years. She now teaches various mediums of movement explorations for those who seek authenticity in their personal and professional lives by meeting themselves on the Life/Art Bridge. Tiana has embodied many years of experience in the Tamalpa work and welcomes connections with Tamalpa Institute graduates returning to Australia. A guest teacher at Glenallen SDS (Special Development School), Melbourne, Tiana works with transitional teenagers moving out into day care centres; facilitates a MIF (Moving Into Facilitation) program from her Monash Studio in ongoing workshops for dance and creative therapists working towards personal and professional fulfilment. Available by appointment for couples and thematic individual sessions. Enquiries welcome.
Areas of expertise: Women`s issues for thematic explorations, depression, Autism/Aspergers Spectrum; couples, Individual and group sessions.
Phone: 03 9574 9016 / Mobile: 0421 045 438 / Email:
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Georgina Liemant
Melbourne and surrounding suburbs
Certificate RMIT Visual and Performing Arts- Dance Movement Therapy, Cert 4 Training and Assessment 2015.. Professional teacher, dancer and choreographer for 30 years. Certificate AMT level 2 – Autism Movement Therapy/ behavioural management, LA California, DTAA (Associate)
Previously Movement and Music teacher Bayside SDS. Currently and for the last four years, City of Casey facilitator of Movement and Music program, 3 classes weekly for children aged 5-15 with disabilities. 2013 program came 6th in state of Victoria for initiative. Working on a project called the City of Cardinia Movement Dance Therapy for adults with disabilities. Additionally at Outlook in Pakenham as the choreographer for the Deb presentation ball Mainstream. Company: Dance Attuned
Mob: 0408 388 616 / Email:

Sally Low
Western suburbs Melbourne. Salamander Centre for Feldenkrais and Creative Dance
B.App. Sci (Phty), Grad. Dip. Mvt and Dance, Grad Dip Rec, Cert. Feldenkrais Practitioner, DTAA (Associate)
Individual and groups utilising combined skills of physiotherapy, Feldenkrais and Creative Dance.
Areas special interest: children with developmental delay or recovering from illness or injury; chronic pain management; women’s health issues; creative expressive dance classes open to all ages
Current Programs: Individual consultations available Mon, Tues, Wed Fri.
Groups: Women who Flow with the Sea, for women of all ages who wish to explore the concept of flow in their lives. Weekly Mondays 10.30am – 12.00 pm Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Creative Dance for preschoolers: Mondays 1.00pm -2.00pm Wednesdays 9.30am – 10.30am
Friday Night Dance Jam: 1st Friday night of the month, 7.30pm – 9.00pm.
Tel: 03 9391 1036 / Mobile: 0405 170 090

Fiona Martin
Inner City Melbourne
Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance (therapy) 1998-1999, DTAA (Associate)
Tel: 0422 514 884 / Email:

Nerida Minty
North and North East of Melbourne.
Prof Member DTAA, Grad Dip in Counselling and Human Services (La Trobe Uni); Cert in Dance Therapy (IDTIA); Grad Dip in Aging, Disability and Recreation Management (Vic Uni); BA (Mon Uni), DTAA (Associate) Nerida has experience working with in areas of mental health, dementia care and generalist counselling. She applies DMT to groups and individual counselling contexts. She has a background in dance performance and community arts and recreation development. She continues a long time practice of Indian classical dance and aspects of this ancient form of dance are reflected in her interest and attention to gesture and meaning in DMT.
Tel: 0428 632 001 / Email:

Jenny Neilson
North Eastern Suburbs
Grad Dip Movement and Dance; Melbourne University/ Dance Movement Therapy Training with Dr. Marcia Leventhal IDTIA, DTAA (Associate)
Jenny has used her extensive dance movement therapy journey and life experiences in movement and dance in establishing connections, creating relationships, particularly at a non-verbal level with children with additional needs, supporting the emotional and physical needs of the child within their natural world. Jenny has worked extensively with families, believing that the best outcome for the child is empowering the family as advocate for their child’s future wellbeing and potential. Jenny’s commitment in working with pre-school age children with additional needs has seen her working in early childhood intervention for more 20 years.
Tel: 0418 576 248 / Email:

Tony Norquay
San Remo, Victoria
Qualifications: MA, Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Grad Cert Dance Therapy, Dip DT (IDTIA), Grad Dip Social Communication. Specialist areas: Psychiatry/normal, ‘Soul Dance’, DTAA (Associate)
Works in various areas between Melbourne / Dandenongs and the Bass Coast
Soul Dance. 3rd Sunday each month, Olinda Primary School, Charlemont Lane, Olinda.
Tony has conducted classes and workshops in dance movement for personal growth and creative expression since 1978. Tony has worked as a dance movement specialist within the therapeutic team in psychiatric settings; continues to be involved with the IDTIA dance therapy training program; and consults to organisations, particularly in the health and human services field, in areas of staff skills training and organisational development. Tony also teaches professional supervision skills at a major Melbourne hospital network and provides supervision for therapists and students. His particular interest in the dance movement work is to encourage people to find the eloquent, creative and nourishing dance that lies within and to bring it into full being.
Tel: 03 5678 5525 / Email:

Meagan Otu
Northern suburbs and Brighton
Diploma Dance Movement Therapy, Dip Kinesiology, Advanced Kinesiology Trauma, DTAA (Associate) Meagan is completing a BA in Contemporary Dance & Social/Cultural Anthropology. Meagan works in private practice with people experiencing the negative effects of stress, anxiety, depression and pain, and offers embodied workshops for community groups to support integration of body, mind, spirit & psych for their well-being. Meagan has experience in creative dance programs for children with learning difficulties, children on the spectrum in a specialist school setting, parents and babies, and dance incursions for families. With a background in West African dance Meagan infuses rhythms into her dance movement therapy and is also available to teach creative dance & beginner West African dance.
Mob: 0468 968 195 / Email:

Kim Adele Peel
Eastern suburbs Melbourne; Indigo Centre for Health and Wellbeing
Cert. Dance Movement Therapy IDTIA. Grad Dip Creative and Experiential Arts Therapy MIECAT. Cert II and III Early Childhood. Cert IV Small Business Management Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment. Advance Studies for Teachers development and early learning. Diploma Counselling. Completing Masters of Social Science (Counselling) ACAP, DTAA (Associate) Kim uses Dance Movement Therapy in a Psychotherapeutic way; an Expressive Holistic Therapy. Kim works toward providing a sense of wholeness with clients; body, mind and spirit integration. She is available for individual sessions and group sessions. Currently works with Disabled adults in Kilsyth running a fortnightly group, runs a women’s group alternative Saturdays in Mitcham and works in a rest home running a weekly group. Kim uses Dance Movement Therapy in a Psychotherapeutic way; an Expressive Holistic Therapy. Kim works toward providing a sense of wholeness with clients; body, mind and spirit integration. She is available for individual sessions and group sessions.
Tel: 9874 8646 / 0430 392 244 / Email:

Lyndal Elizabeth Pope
Melbourne, CBD, Western Suburbs
Grad Bachelor Contemporary Arts: Dance Major, IDTIA Certificate Dance Movement Therapy, Les Mills International Bodybalance Instructor, Working With Children Check, DTAA (Associate) Currently running therapeutic dance sessions for elderly & special needs groups.
Available for work opportunities Monday to Sunday
Mobile: 0407 514 813 / Email:

Natalie Poole
Melbourne City and surrounds
Certified 5Rhythms Teacher, Bachelor Communications (Media), Bachelor Teaching (Hons), Graduate Diploma Visual and Performing Arts (Dance Therapy), Solo Residency, DTAA (Associate)
Areas of interest: Young children, mother baby, pregnancy
Currently running creative dance classes for children 3-5yo, 10-13yo and mother and walking babies. Dance therapy sessions for pregnancy and mother and babe in arms. Hilal Dance (Egyptian dance) classes and workshops also held regularly.
Private dance therapy sessions by appointment.
Mob. 0416 177 679 / Email

Michelle Royal
Greater Melbourne and Eastern Suburbs
B.Ed (Rusden); GDMD (University of Melbourne); Post.Grad Prof Stud Ed (Melbourne); DipDMT (IDTIA); Cert CrD (Mangala), DTAA (Associate) Specialist expertise: Transitional stages: Movement-based therapeutic interventions to advance coping skills and strategies for surviving adolescence, VCE, pregnancy and motherhood, unemployment or career transitions, cultural dislocation. Michelle has significant experience as a dance movement therapist in clinical, educational and community settings. In this capacity, she has facilitated a diversity of programs for organisations that include: The Austin Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Centre, The Melbourne Clinic, Aboriginal Co-operative Ballarat, City of Ballarat, City of Port Phillip, and a number of private and government schools.
Mob: 0411 017 416 / Email:

Anjali Sengupta
Ormond, Melbourne
Qualifications: Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy, Grad Dip Dance Movement Therapy, B.Sc. (Life Sciences), Post Grad Dip Sports and Fitness Science, Associate Member DTAA, Member IICT, DTAA (Associate)
Creative psychotherapy for individual and groups, expressive dance, performances and corporate events.
Areas of interest and/or experience: expressive arts, guided imagery and emotion focussed therapy for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, eating disorders, body image issues, lack of self esteem, physical/ mental/ emotional blocks, trauma, abuse, migration/ cultural issues, loss of meaning, life transitions, lack of motivation, inability to live a full and meaningful life. Currently runs classes in Bollywood Fusion in CBD and Box Hill. Bollywood Fusion brings together Eastern and Western techniques and ways of moving to bridge the gap between mind, body, heart and spirit.
Telephone: 0401 334 738 / Email:

Iris Solomon
Southern and Eastern suburbs Melbourne
Dance Therapy Diploma – IDTIA, Movement and Dance – Graduate Diploma (Melbourne University), Occupational Therapy Diploma – UK, DTAA (Associate)
Tel: 03 9598 3617 / Email:

Joanne Terkel
Melbourne city and surrounding areas including the inner south east, north and eastern suburbs.
MA Psych, Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Dip Dance Movement Therapy, DTAA (Associate)
Joanne is a Dance Movement Therapist with an interest in Authentic Movement. She is passionate about how authentic movement can be a powerful insight into the unconscious and enhance our ability to understand ourselves better. She is passionate about the healing nature of dance and the various ways this can achieved. Joanne is an experienced psychologist and currently works in private practice and the community sector. Other areas of interest are depression, anxiety, trauma, infertility, eating disorders, children, well-being, nutrition and positive psychology.

Richard Tronson
Northern Suburbs
Diploma of Dance Movement, Certified Dancing Freedom Facilitator, Co-founder of Dancing Seeds, Bachelor of Arts(Professional Writing), DTAA (Associate)
Tel: 0422 808 230 / Email:

Rachel Van Der Kolk
Melbourne metropolitan area
Master Dance-and movement therapy Master Clinical psychology, Bachelor psychology, Diploma Creative dance and improvisation teacher, DTAA (Associate)
Rachel has worked with children with developmental delays and disorders, as well with their parents. She has also previously worked in psychiatric hospitals with adults in the Netherlands and Switzerland and she worked at the national trauma institute in the Netherlands, mainly with refugees. In Melbourne she is offering sessions for pregnant women, for people with dementia in aged care facilities and she runs sessions for the Foundation house (people with a refugee background).
Tel: 0403 214 286 / Email:

Cathy Williams
Eastern suburbs, Melbourne
Certificate in Somatics, Performance & The Creative Process, Tamalapa; Certificate in Expressive Therapies, Expressive Therapies Institute of Australia; Masters of Social Science, RMIT, DTAA (Associate) Cathy Williams is a Community Development & Youth worker who specialises in Movement & Expressive Therapies. She runs half to full day workshops and weekly series for women; term programs for youth and newly arrived refugee children in primary schools; and is contracted to facilitate various programs with disadvantaged youth including survivors of sexual assault. She is available for individual sessions and group programs.
Tel: 0423 730 031 /Email:

Lisa Yau
Melbourne, southern and eastern suburbs
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (University of Melbourne), Cert Dance and Movement Therapy (IDTIA), currently completing Grad Dip in Counselling, DTAA (Associate)
Currently running therapeutic dance group with adults with intellectual disability. Recovery support groups with people with an eating disorder at a non-profit organisation.
Latin and Ballroom dance classes also held regularly.
Tel: 0412 928 367 / Email:

Hannah Friebel
Melbourne, Bayside, South Eastern suburbs
Hannah is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Dance) at Deakin University. She has over ten years of training in contemporary dance, ballet and calisthenics. Hannah is a dancer and choreographer, with practice in teaching across Melbourne. She was a Research Assistant and Dance Teacher for the AllPlay Dance project, a NDIS initiative to benefit children with disabilities across Australia. Hannah has taught dance with therapeutic outcomes to children on the autism spectrum and adults with mental health challenges. She currently is collaborating with Headspace to create dance and movement programs for young people in mental health recovery. Hannah hopes to undergo professional development in Dance Movement Therapy whilst simultaneously continuing her studies in Psychology. She currently runs the Dance Ministry program at Bayside Church, fostering an inclusive, holistic approach of mind, body and soul in the teaching and choreography of dance. She has an interest in extending her teaching to reach people of all ages with mental, intellectual and physical disabilities, delivering an uplifting, inclusive experience for all in dance. Hannah is passionate about seeing people of all abilities engage in dance and movement, and step into holistic wellbeing and personal empowerment through such an expression. Please don’t hesitate to contact Hannah below for any further dance teaching or consulting needs.
M: 0430 904 107 Email: AllPlay Dance:


Terri-Anne Bolger
Sydney – Inner West, South and Western Sydney
Organisation Name: Mpowerment Counselling Services
Terrie-Ann obtained her Grad.Dip in DMT in 2011 and completed her Masters of Counselling in 2014, both at Wesley Institute, (now Excelsia College), DTAA (Associate) She has worked as a Lecturer, Coordinator and Head of Dance at Wesley Institute following a career as a professional dancer, performing and teaching with ballet and contemporary dance companies in Australia and overseas.   Terrie-Ann has worked as a Dance Movement Therapist with people of all ages, specifically in the area of Disabilites, Mental and Physical Health, and Gender Based and Sexual Abuse.  Terrie-Ann is currently working full-time with BaptistCare Relationship Services in Sydney as a Counsellor and Group Worker in the area of Domestic and Family Violence.  She has recently returned from Africa where she was co-facilitating Dance Movement Therapy workshops for Community Health Workers, Volunteers and Survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence at the Ruben Centre in the Mukuru slum, Nairobi.
Tel: 0434 998 823 / Email:

Kirsty Fromholtz
Sydney, rural and regional NSW
Qualifications: B Sc (Psych), Cert. DMT, Cert. IV Training and assessment, DTAA (Associate)
DMT experience with; adults, children and teens with intellectual and physical disabilities, adolescents with eating disorders, depression, stress and anxiety, juvenile offenders and DMT to promote health and wellbeing. Kirsty has worked extensively with Deafblind adults, establishing a goal oriented dance movement psychotherapy program in partnership with Forsight Australia.
Mob: 0476 265 056 / Email:

Theresa Jackson
Lilyfield, NSW 2040
Qualifications: M.A. Dance Therapy, New York University, DTAA (Associate)
Specialist expertise: NESB(Non-english speaking background) adults, disadvantaged youth, disabilities both physical and intellectual
Tel: 02 9660 5683 / Email:

Liz Kerley
Byron Bay, NSW
Grad Dip Movement and Dance Therapy, Melbourne University, DTAA (Associate)
Area of specialist expertise: creative arts therapy, counselling, Biofeedback Energy Integration, yoga therapy, Individual and group sessions
Mobile: 0420 334824 / Email:

Michelle Mahrer
IDTIA Diploma, Accredited 5Rhythms teacher, DTAA (Associate)
Michelle runs weekly 5 Rhythms dance classes and Radiance Dance a Sunday morning dance meditation. She is experienced with frail aged and dementia, people with chronic illness/cancer.
Tel 0419 269 986 /

Elise McCallum
Kariong, NSW and NSW, Central Coast
Cert. DMT (IDTIA); Dip. Transpersonal Art Therapy, Dip Transpersonal Counselling (IKON); Dip. Mask and Traditional Healing; Dancing for Birth™; Nia, DTAA (Associate)
Elise has many years experience working with children with additional needs in an educational setting and in the development of long term creative dance programs in local primary schools. She is currently offering ‘Deeply Moved’ movement meditations for women, focusing on embodiment, self-discovery and wellbeing.
Mob. 0451118054 /

Cath Rummery
Sydney, Blue Mountains, NSW
Cert. DMT (IDTIA), BSc (Hons) (Biology), Currently completing Advanced Clinical Training Dance Therapy (IDTIA) and Graduate Diploma (Counselling), DTAA (Associate)
Tel: 0418 641 472 / Email:

Deb Scarfe
Manning Valley in NSW and the Mid-North Coast from Newcastle, Forster, Gloucester, Taree, Wingham to Port Macquarie
Occupational Therapist and Dance Movement Therapist
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), completing Diploma in Dance Therapy (IDTIA), Certificate IV Small Business Management, DTAA (Associate)
Trained with Marcia Leventhall in the 90’s and has a broad experience of working with all ages across the life span both as an OT and Dance therapist. Most recent work includes globally developmentally delayed children, diagnoses of Autism, ADHD, ADD, Downs Syndrome, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, behavioural issues, PTSD and children in foster care. Previously facilitating creative movement groups for infants/toddlers/parent, young people with Intellectual Disabilities, adults with dementia and their carers and personal growth workshops for women and has provided individual therapy sessions for adults to explore life issues, reduce anxiousness and to find their own centre to journey through life. Currently establishing an integrated body based practise for assisting people of all age/stages to be as independent in their life, and reaching their potential, combining creative and practical strategies. Deb has recently developed and facilitated a training workshop for day-care/pre-school and kindergarten teachers on “Movement in the Early Years Why we need it more than ever”. New groups are currently being developed. Deb does offer placement and/or work experience for students and also dance therapy supervision.
Mob: 0428 717 074 / Email:

Sharon Searle
The Shire, Sydney
B. Counselling, Grad. Dip. Dance Movement Therapy, DTAA (Associate)
Tel: 0421 766 709 / Email:

Satyo Cate Sullivan
Southern Highlands NSW and Shoalhaven NSW.
BCA; MA Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy; PACFA Reg, DTAA (Associate) Thirty years experience running self development courses and workshops using naturally expressive movement and dance, body sense and creative arts therapies. Satyo specialises in working deeply with women’s themes, nurturing body, mind and soul. Regular workshops/retreats. Substantial experience as well with adults with intellectual disabilities; eating disorders; and professional development for community service workers. Experience also with older people. Satyo also offers celebratory events for women through The Australian School of Tantra eg. Hen’s Nights. Satyo also gives individual sessions in her Counselling and Therapy practice.
Mobile 0412 122 010 / Email

Suzy Wolanski
Eastern Suburbs & Inner West
Dip.Teach (Primary), Cert. in DT (IDTIA), Cert. in Infant Massage (IAIM), training in Circle of Security, DTAA (Associate)
Specialist Area: Mothers and Babies. Runs courses for mothers and babies (general population) in DMT and Infant Massage at ‘Lifepod’, Paddington and ‘Black Lotus’, Enmore. Also holds DMT sessions for mothers and babies with mental health issues at Karitane (Infant Mental Health Facility, Carramar). Works as support person for mothers-in-need at ‘Mum To Mum’ (non-profit NGO).
Mob: 0413 444 914 / Email:

Virginia Sada York
Central Tilba, South Coast, Sydney and North East Victoria
Qualifications: Advanced Clinical Training in Dance/Movement Therapy/Graduate Diploma level (IDTIA), Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education (Macquarie University), Leaders” Circle teacher of InterPlay (improvisation programs), DTAA (Associate level). Currently training in Dance for Parkinsons.
Experience: Virginia runs group sessions in dance movement therapy with aged populations and carers of mental health consumers. She also facilitates improvisational movement sessions for adult populations based on ecstatic dance practices, InterPlay and moving meditations.
Mobile: 0419 200 737/ Email:

Maggie Young
Newcastle, Taree, Mid North Coast NSW, Kempsey and Port Macquarie areas
Cert. Dance Movement Therapy, M.A. Theatre, Cert. Alexander Technique, Teachers Cert. Primary, Secondary Schools, DTAA (Associate)
Specialises in special needs population; Dance/Drama workshops. 7 years at Stockton Centre for special needs population in Newcastle.
Maggie can offer placement or work experience for students.
Mob: 0456 614 148 / Email


Meredith Elton
Gold Coast
BSc; Grad. Dip. Visual & Performing Arts (Dance Therapy), RMIT; Grad Cert in Art and Community Engagement; training in Process Oriented Psychology, DTAA (Associate)
Meredith brings over 15 years of experience as a dance artist and community performance facilitator to her therapeutic work and is passionate about the vital role of dancing/moving/performing in embodying vibrant, resilient and place sensitive individuals and communities. Meredith facilitates a range of creative and therapeutic movement/dance groups for adults and works with individuals in private practice. She is currently developing  Inherit the Wind – a community performance project about the weather.
Tel: 0420 367 199 / Email:

Vanessa Jane Van der Werff 
Greater Brisbane area, Sunshine Coast, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich
Graduate Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA), Masters in Social Work (UQ)Certified Pilates & Zumba instructor. Currently studying cert III Fitness.Completed RAD ballet Intermediate & ISTD contemporary dance Advanced
Graduate of RAW Dance Company, Completed Dance for PD (Parkinsons) training, DTAA (Associate)
Vanessa has over 30 years experience in dance, performance, choreography, creative expression and meditative practices and brings this to her business Vanessa Jane Dance Therapy ( She is passionate about allowing people of all walks of life to live authentically through wellness, embodiment, mindful movement and being kind to one another. A community builder, she loves to see people thrive in inclusive spaces where people feel safe to connect, evolve, heal, transform, express, create and reveal themselves. Vanessa has worked with some of Australia’s most elite dancers and dance companies and is currently working with young adults with disabilities as a dance therapist. Vanessa is available for tailored sessions for group or individual work. Experienced with mental health, disadvantaged youth, and both physical and intellectual disabilities, Vanessa also has extensive experience working with indigenous and other cultures, elderly people, eating disorders, survivors of Parkinson’s and palliative care.
Tel: 0404 051 513 / Email:

Jeff Withers
Birkdale, QLD
B.Sc. (App. Psych), B. Ed; Grad Cert. NLP; Dip. Man. Dip. HRM, Dip. Proj Man, Dip. Mark’g, Dip. Teach; Cert. IV Bus, Cert. IV SBM, Cert. IV TAE; MABNLP(MP); Accredited Talent Dynamics Master Trainer, Accredited Talent Dynamics Performance Consultant, Accredited Talent Dynamics Personal Social Responsibility Consultant, Accredited Talent Dynamics Team Social Responsibility Consultant, Accredited Flow Consultant Talent Dynamics, Accredited Flow Consultant Wealth Dynamics, Accredited and Certified Master Practitioner in NLP; Member of the Queensland College of Teachers, Member of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, Member of the International Association of Professional Life Coaches, Associate Member of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals, , DTAA (Associate). Jeff has an extensive background in communication and engagement coaching and consulting within the corporate, small business and private environments. His focus is working with individuals, teenagers, couples, and (corporate) teams seeking to enhance and grow their relationship performance towards identified outcomes. In so doing, he draws upon his own unique personal and professional development platform in conjunction with ballroom dancing to create difference for those he engages with.
Mob: 0409063239 / Email:

Katharina Lein
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Qualifications: Grad Dip Dance/Movement Therapy (Wesley Institute), Bachelor of Economic and Social Science (University of Sydney), DTAA (Associate)
Experience: Katharina runs group sessions in creative dance and movement with children aged 2 to 5 years. These sessions are aimed at supporting the children’s fine and gross motor skill development, as well as refining their social and cognitive skills and enhancing their emotional wellbeing. At times, these groups may include children with a mild developmental delay or diagnosed on the mild end of the autistic spectrum. Katharina also facilitates improvisational movement sessions for adult populations based on mindfulness and authentic movement.
Mobile: 0424011732 / Email:

Western Australia


Northern Territory

Margaret Petherick
Northern Territory
DipTech (OccTh), BAppSc (OT), MSc (Phc) Master’s Thesis: Dance, Meaning and Mental Health Promotion, DTAA (Associate)
Experienced with: Aged care, Mental health, Health promotion, Exploration of creativity and spirituality.
Tel: 08 8951 5158 / Email:

South Australia

Judith Adcock
Adelaide metropolitan region, South Australia
Bach. App.Sc. Occupational Therapy; Grad. Dip. Counselling Social Science. Cert. Dance therapy, IDTIA Advanced Diploma in Dance Therapy completed in 2011, DTAA (Associate)
Experience in high and low level dementia care units and with intellectual disability. Groups running for both frail elderly and intellectual disability. Experience with adult with eating addictions. Experience in working with children with developmental delay.
Tel: 0450 443 040 / Email:

Cinzia Schincariol
Adelaide region
Cert. DMT (IDTIA), Advanced DMT Diploma (IDTIA), DTAA (Associate)
Area of interest: young adults with Autism and Aspergers, Intellectual disability, and Eating Disorders.
Current groups running: teenagers and young adult with Autism, and groups with Cerebral Palsy.
Tel: 0417 803 399 / Email:

 New Zealand

Barbara Eberhart
Dunedin Otago South Island New Zealand
Certifcate Dance Movement Therapy Auckland New Zealand, BA Dance Movement Therapy Munich Germany, Certificate Art Therapy Hamilton New Zealand, Certificate Drama Therapy Auckland New Zealand, DTAA (Associate)
Organisation name: DanceCreAction NZ
Tel: 027 825 7760  / Email:

Ann Way (aka Tran/Huynh Trieu An in Vietnamese)
Location: Auckland and Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. Original from Vietnam.
BA (Art Industry – Graphic Art, Vietnam), MA (Fine Art, UK), DipCert (Dance Movement Therapy, New Zealand), DipCert (Level III, Playcentre Early Childhood & Adult Education, New Zealand). Currently studying GradDipSci (Psychology, University of Auckland, New Zealand).
Ann is a contemporary artist travelling around the globe for her international practice in performance art and installation. In New Zealand, Ann commutes between Auckland and rural Great Barrier Island working within the community to introduce Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) to local schools and senior citizen groups. Ann uses body as canvas and movement as language to communicate with her audience/clients. She values the work and its psychological aspects that lay underneath Art, Dance, Movement and Social interaction. Ann facilitates DMT groups with adults with different kinds of disabilities or affected by dementia, autism, down syndrome, ADHD and related disorders. Ann also works as a freelancer using DMT in Schools with kids with special needs and challenging behaviours.
Contact: +64 2 7429 0982 (mobile) / (email)

Anne Hurst
Auckland, New Zealand
Master Health Science (Expressive Therapies) – AUTMaster of Arts in Arts Therapies, Clinical – Whitecliffe College of Arts, Auckland, NZ, Post Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing – Massey University, Bachelor Health Science, Nursing – AUT, DTAA (Associate)
Full time clinical practice in Art and Dance/ Movement therapy in Eating Disorders Service, with clients ages 16 up. Individual private practice with adults in dance/movement therapy specialising in depression, anxiety, ptsd, borderline personality disorder, sexual abuse healing. Group Therapeutic dance with adults in general community context. I offer placement for students as needed – currently for Whitecliffe MA students, and for DTNZ.
Tel: 027 209 5516 / Email:

Susan Nel
Whakatane, Bay of Plenty New Zealand
Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy New Zealand and currently completing Supervised Advanced Clinical Practicum with DMT NZ, DTAA (Associate)
Appointed Therapeutic Dance Teacher in 4 Special Needs Units in local Schools: Whakatane and Kawerau. Susan is a qualified registered Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teacher with  Ballet Studios in Whakatane, Edgecumbe and Kawerau. She is also working with several Pre Schools locally as Therapeutic Dance Teacher. Current  Groups: Children with Special Needs and  on the Spectrum. Whakatane, Bay of Plenty. New Zealand
Mobile: +6421 210 5119 / Email: