Dance Therapy Association of Australia

Professional Members List

This page lists dance movement therapists who are current Professional Members of the DTAA, the highest level of credentialling for dance movement therapists in Australia.

For information about becoming a Professional Member, please go to our membership page.

For a listing of other qualified dance movement therapists, please go to our Associates page.

Current Professional Members: to have your details on the list added or amended, please email DTAA Administrator


ACT | NSW | Qld | SA | Tas | Vic | International


Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, Prof. Member DTAA, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons, Psychology) Dip. (Adult Psych), Dip. DMT (IDTIA), Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), Registered Psychotherapist (PACFA), Professional Member (ANZAP, AASPDip). Sandra has worked in private practice for 20+ years. She specializes in working with personality disorders, chronic pain, trauma, anxiety/depression, and grounds her movement work in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and her psychological framework in Self-Psychology (Kohut). She teaches LMA and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BFs) as well as Developmental Issues for the Grad. Dip. (Dance Therapy & Counselling) at the Wesley Institute, Sydney; develops LMA and BF workshops and training for particular populations and specialties, and lectures in self- psychology for Empathink Melbourne. She supervises a number of psychotherapists and dance therapists, and provides supervision by phone for Dance Movement Therapists who are not in the ACT area.
Geographic areas of work preference: Canberra & Queanbeyan.
Tel: 02 6285 3697 / 02 6285 3697 / Mob: 0407 248 323 0407 248 323 / Email:

New South Wales:

Juliette Kirkwood, Prof. Member DTAA, Bachelor Applied Science, Grad Dip Dance Movement Therapy, ongoing supervised practice, has had extensive experience in running groups in a psychiatric hospital setting. Her areas of specialty are in adult mental health including but not limited to psychiatric disorders, women’s mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and trauma. She can offer student placement in a psychiatric hospital setting. Juliette has lectured at Wesley Institute for the past five years teaching in the Graduate Diploma of Dance/Movement Therapy. She is also an experienced belly dancer and works in both groups and on an individual basis to explore feminine issues through the belly dance art form. Juliette is available for both group work and individual therapy. Geographic areas for work; Sydney metropolitan area.
Mob: 0423 698 587 / Email:

Lillian Thio-Kaplan, Doctorate candidature (presently), Prof. Member DTAA, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Adv Dip Business Mgmt, Grad. Dip. Dance Therapy, Cert IV Massage, M. Ed. (Sp.Ed.), MA. Theo.(Phil), BA. Bible-Theo (Spore & Texas), Dip. Arts & Design (Spore), American Social Dancing and Aged Care Quality Assessment Course. Lillian is a consultant providing dance therapy in Singapore, and working with children in dance & music; private therapy sessions in Australia; trainer for accredited courses in Aged Care & Dementia Essentials; and a speaker for corporate training. She has been involved in aged care since 2000, specializing in her work with the Jewish Holocaust survivors, research work with hearing-impaired and cochlear implant children. She combines different modalities in her approach in the treatment of her clients. Has her own private practice and available for DMT supervision.
Mob: 0468 733 060 / 0468 733 060 / Email:
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Beatrice Lucas, Prof. Member DTAA and PACFA Reg. M.Ed. (Melb.Uni), Grad.Dip. Movement/Dance (Melb.Uni), B.A. (Ed.) (Deakin), Dip. Teaching (Switz.), Dip. Dance/Movement Therapy (IDTIA, Melb.), also holds a Diploma in Professional Counselling, and Certificates in Emotional Release Counselling (ERC) for Children and Adolescents, and in Solution-Focussed Therapy. Beatrice has extensive experience in using dance therapy with children who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), learning difficulties, and psychiatric disorders. She has also worked with adults in psychiatric care, and with women exploring feminine themes in mythology through dance and the arts, and takes a special interest in indigenous dance. Beatrice has tutored and supervised interstate IDTIA Certificate and Diploma students since 2004. Contact details: P.O. Box 297, Trinity Beach QLD 4879. More about Beatrice’s DMT work.
Tel: 07 4039 9213 / 07 4039 9213 / Mob: 0413 155 146 0413 155 146 / Email:

Tracey Nicholson, Prof. Member DTAA, PACFA M.A., Bachelor of Education, Diploma of dance movement Therapy, Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology, Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy, Level 4 member of the Australian Pilates Method Association, Grad Cert in Pilates-based Rehabilitation.
 Areas of specialty include adolescents with intellectual disabilities, eating disorders and behavioural problems; children with anxiety disorders, chronic illness & has extensive experience in education, mental health & rehabilitation. Tracey is CEO of Tensegrity Training – a Registered Training Organisation (#60182) that offers Nationally Accredited training in Pilates Instruction and Movement Based Somatic Therapy – a post- graduate qualification in Movement Therapy & Somatic Psychotherapy drawing on the framework of Laban Movement Analysis. Can offer mentoring and placement for emerging dance movement Therapists as well as provide supervision by phone or Skype for dance movement Therapists who are not in the area. 
Geographic area: Tasmania
Mob: 0400 600 360 0400 600 360 / Email:

South Australia

Honorary Professional Member:

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Sally Denning, Prof. Member DTAA, Masters in Ed (Dance Movement Therapy), Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Grad Cert Dance Therapy, Grad Cert Leadership in Education & Training, B. Ed, Certificate in Play Therapy, Certification in Choice Theory Counselling. She is also currently completing a PhD in dance movement therapy. Sally has worked with children and adolescents at risk in the education system and conducted extensive training for teachers and other professionals in the field. Currently she works full time at the Australian Childhood Foundation as a Therapeutic Specialist, working clinically with children who have experienced trauma and abuse. Sally has also worked with children with Down Syndrome, adults with MS, depression and those who wish to discover more about themselves. Previously, Sally worked for 14 years as a professional belly dancer and since retiring from this role has, on occasions, applied belly dance as a tool within some of her dance movement therapy sessions.
Mob: 0412 824 852 / 0412 824 852 / Email:

Kim Dunphy, Prof Member DTAA, (B.A., Grad Dip Movement and Dance; M. Ed; PhD, Cert IV TAE), is a Mckenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the new Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit at the University of Melbourne where she will undertake research in dance movement therapy and establish training programs. Previously she was Head of Faculty, Dance Movement Therapy at Phoenix Institute, Melbourne, Australia, where she taught modules on dance movement therapy in context, program planning, research and evaluation.
Kim’s specialist areas in DMT include people with physical and intellectual disability, DMT in international development, and research and evaluation in DMT. She can offer supervision in relation to these topics, and also occasional opportunities for supervision and volunteer experience in DMT in the developing nation of Timor-Leste.  Kim’s publications include Freedom to Move: movement and dance for people with intellectual disability, (with Jenny Scott, 2003, Elsevier), Dance Therapy Collections 3 (2009, with Jane Guthrie and Elizabeth Loughlin), chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Wellbeing and Counselling and Psychotherapy Works: Contributions from the Field, (both with Sue Mullane). Kim is also President of the DTAA. Email:

Anna Ganz, Prof. Member DTAA, B.A. (Psych), Dip Primary Teaching, Grad Dip Movement and Dance, (University of Melbourne), Grad Dip in Arts Education (RMIT), Dip. Dance Therapy (IDTIA), is active in the DTAA as convenor of the Professional Membership Committee and the DTAA’s member representative for all PACFA business. Anna’s main area of expertise as a dmt is with children and adolescents in special school settings, especially children with autism, mild intellectual disability and behavioural problems. Anna currently works as a dance therapist at Emerson School in Dandenong and is available for supervision in her areas of specialty.
Tel: AH 03 9470 2673 03 9470 2673 / Email:

Bella Grossberg, Prof. Member DTAA, Dip DMT (IDTIA), Counselling course, Feldenkrais accredited practitioner, has specialist expertise in populations that include Autistic children, intellectually disabled adults, and psychiatric adults. Bella conducts workshops called ‘Dance for Healing’ and runs a private practice from home for normal ‘neurotic’ population. She also offers supervision.
Preferred geographic areas: Malvern, Prahran, Caulfield, St. Kilda
Tel: 03 9576 2644 03 9576 2644 / Mob: 0408 308 854 0408 308 854 / Email:

Jane Guthrie, Prof. Member DTAA, MCSP; B.App.Sc (Phty); M. Ed; Grad. Dips. Movement and Dance and Rehabilitation Studies, Dance Therapy Cert. (Madden Grove Foundation), and Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), is a Physiotherapist who uses dance therapy in physical rehabilitation. She specialised in application with traumatic head injury, is experienced in all areas of physical rehabilitation, pain management, application in permanent care hospital wards, Day Activity Hospitals and Centres, and with children with special needs, Jane is active in the professional association, the DTAA of which she is the current president, has lectured in Laban Movement Analysis in the dance therapy courses offered at RMIT. She can offer supervision, particularly related to dmt with neurological problems and application of LMA and the Bartenieff Fundamentals from a developmental perspective.
Tel: 03 9592 4017 03 9592 4017 / Email:

Jennifer Helmich, Prof. Member DTAA, Dip DMT IDTIA, MA Creative Arts in Therapy, PACFA Registered, accredited grief and loss counsellor, midwife and practising maternal and child health nurse, is experienced in working in a psychiatric Outpatients Clinic dealing with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. She specialises in trauma, with women who have experienced early childhood abuse and with clients who have experienced life threatening accidents or health issues. She is a faculty member of IDTIA’s three year training in Dance Movement-Therapy.
Tel: 03 9439 8007 03 9439 8007 / Email:

Heather Hill, PhD, Prof. Member DTAA, M.Ed., B.A., Grad. Dip. Movement and Dance, Grad. Cert. Dance Therapy, is experienced in aged care, aged psychiatry/dementia, acute psychiatry and intellectual disability. She has written many articles and book chapters, as well as the book “Invitation to the Dance: Dance for people with dementia and their carers”, now in its second edition. Heather has expertise in the application of dance therapy in dementia and she has a particular interest in fostering dance therapy practice in this area. She is also interested in fostering dance therapy writing and research. Heather currently supervises dance therapists and creative arts therapists in their practice and research. She practices dance therapy and works as a consultant trainer/facilitator in person-centred care in dementia.
Tel: 03 9730 1248  / Email:

Maeve Larkin, Prof. Member DTAA, B. Ed (Victoria College) Dip. DMT (IDTIA), has a background in dance teaching with children and adults. Maeve is currently working as a dance therapist with adults with intellectual disability and in aged care and with the frail elderly with dementia in NE Victoria.
Tel: 03 5767 2323 / 03 5767 2323 / Mob: 04055 64985 / Email:

Elizabeth Loughlin, Prof.Mem.DTAA; Mem. AASW; M.A. (Creative arts in therapy); B.Litt Hons (Perf Arts); B.A . Dip. Soc Studs. Dip. Dance Movt Therapy (IDTIA). Elizabeth works as dance therapist in both the outpatient and inpatient hospital setting with mothers with postnatal depression and their infants. She has also worked as dance therapist for this population in the outpatient day program, private psychiatric hospital context; and worked for many years in dance therapy and creative arts therapy within her paediatric hospital social work role with patients who are adjusting to chronic or life- long endocrine health conditions. Approaches to dance movement therapy include psychodynamic and phenomenological/expressive models. Elizabeth teaches dance movement therapy in the Advanced Clinical Training at the International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia; she offers private dance therapy/creative arts supervision, and regular workshop training at the Parent –Infant Research Institute, Austin Health to health professionals who work with the mother- infant interaction. Elizabeth has peer reviewed and other publications in the dance therapy and health fields. Elizabeth also has a studio creative dance practice with mother-baby, parent –toddler and adults dancers.
Tel: 03 94829312 / Mobile SMS: 0400556766 / Email:

Elizabeth Mackenzie
Surrey Hills, Boroondara, Melbourne
Prof. Member DTAA, Diploma DMT IDTIA. Director Moving Together, a community-based dance therapy program for mothers and babies in the City of Boroondara. Member of the committee of the DTAA since 2005. As the activities coordinator at Prague House in Melbourne, Elizabeth provides arts and recreation programs with an emphasis on the therapeutic. Elizabeth is qualified and experienced in primary education, including Rudolf Steiner Education, and in teaching Yoga and meditation and is at present involved in training as a Hakomi practitioner.
Tel: 03 98367386 / 03 98367386 / Email:

Bouthaina Mayall, Prof. Member DTAA, Dip. Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA), B.Sc., Hons (Biochemistry), Dip.Ed. Therapeutic Touch practitioner. Her areas of dance therapy experience are in aged care, dementia, children with disabilities and autism. Bouthaina runs dance movement therapy groups in aged care facilities for residents with varying needs including dementia. She is familiar with the aged care system and can help create programs to meet continuous improvement standards. She also works on a one to one basis with clients, conducts workshops and is interested in assisting people enjoy living in their bodies.
She is based in Kew, and works in Surrey Hills, Thornbury and Mordiallic.
Mob: 0428 270 399 / 0428 270 399 / Email:

Susan Mullane
Macedon Ranges. Melbourne metropolitan area.
Prof. Member DTAA, B.Ed; Grad Dip Special Education; Grad Dip Movement and Dance; M.Ed.
Dance therapy experience: children and adults with intellectual disabilities; adult women survivors of sexual assault.
Area/s of specialist expertise: dance movement therapy with special needs students in special school settings; assessment and evidence-based practice; movement improvisation. Can offer placements and work at Sunshine Special Developmental School, Sunshine Vic.
Phone: (Bus.) 03 9311 4808 (AH) 03 5429 1132
Mobile: 0409 382 500 0409 382 500 / E-mail:

Linda Murrow, Prof. Member DTAA, M.A. is originally from the United States where she completed a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy and became a registered dance movement therapist, subsequently completing postgraduate training in family therapy and specialist training in couple therapy. Currently she works for Relationships Australia as a counsellor and as a member of their professional education and training team, lectures in counselling and arts therapy at the Phoenix Institute of Victoria, and maintains a private practice. She has a longstanding interest in Jungian psychology and the practice of ‘authentic movement’, offering in-depth individual and group work. Linda has taught dance movement therapy at Melbourne University and co-developed the Master of Creative Arts Therapy and the Graduate Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy at RMIT University. Linda has a particular interest in supervision. To inquire about therapy, supervision, or ‘authentic movement’ contact:
Mob: 0421 999 839  / Email:

Fran Ostroburski
Melbourne metro region.
Prof. Member DTAA, B.A.(Mon) Dip.Soc.Studs (Melb) Dip. Dance-Movt Therapy (IDTIA) AYTTC (yoga) is a trained social worker and dance therapist. She teaches creative dance for adults and pre-natal yoga at Mangala Studios. She has worked as a dance therapist at Connections, Uniting Care with disadvantaged families for 20 years specializing in primary treatment with children. She facilitates a group with the frail elderly at Munzer community residence and is in private practice.
Fran teaches in the IDTIA Certificate Training Course and supervises students in the Advanced Diploma Course. She also teaches in the Mangala Studios Teaching Creative Dance Diploma Course.  Fran can offer supervision and student placements.
Mob: 0409 213 640  / Email:

Jane Refshauge,
Inner Melbourne.
Prof. Member DTAA, BA Psych, MFA Performance NYU, Adv.Dip. DMT IDTIA, MAPS, AUSTAT, STAT, PACFA reg., has specialist expertise in the areas of psychology with adults in private practice with DMT, and is also experienced with adolescent behaviour difficulties. Jane is a registered Psychologist, Alexander Technique teacher and dance movement therapist. She has a background in the performing arts and psychology. She has studied, performed and taught dance and movement disciplines that have developed from the premise that the body is a “psycho-physical unity”, working within professional dance studios, performance venues, tertiary and secondary educational institutions, and psychiatric hospital settings.
Tel: 03 9419 2484  Email:

Anna Schlusser
Central Melbourne.
Dip. Dance Therapy IDTIA, M Ed. (Advanced studies in Movement and Dance, Melb. Uni), Dip. Ed. Movement and Dance (Goldsmiths, London Uni), Grad. Dip Movement and Dance (Melb. Uni), Diploma KTC Perth, WA, (kindergarten teacher training), DTAA (Professional).
Anna has worked as a dance educator and therapist in a range of settings, including studio settings, community arts centres, kindergartens, day care centres and schools. She is currently IDTIA’s Coordinator of Advanced Clinical Training. She lectured for IDTIA’s Certificate course, and provides supervision to IDTIA’s ACT dance therapy trainees. She is interested in performance as therapy. Her Masters thesis Inclusive Practice in the Performing Arts was based on ten years of dance and theatre improvisation and performance with “Stretch Physical Theatre”, a group of adults with and without intellectual disabilities. She enjoys assisting edit DTAA’s journal Moving On. She taught creative dance to children, parents and young children, and adults for twenty years. Contact Anna on

New Zealand


Jan McConnell, NZRP, NZSP, PGDip Health Science (Expressive Therapies)
Email: Phone: 021598114
Northland, NZ
Jan is an experienced mind/body physiotherapist and expressive therapist. She holds a Post-Graduated Diploma in Expressive Therapies and is continuing studies in dance therapy. She has a special interest in dance therapy and neurological rehabilitation, chronic illness, mental health, child development and care of the elderly/dementia. With a lifelong passion in creative dance she provides creative movement, therapeutic dance workshops and professional supervision to health professionals, community groups and health providers throughout New Zealand.

Anaia Treefoot
Auckland, New Zealand
MA Clinical Arts Therapy, Registered Arts Therapist (ANZATA), DTAA Associate Member, ADTA Associate Member. Completed 1-year DMT Internship with Dr. Suzi Tortora BC-DMT in New York. Trained extensively overseas in Authentic Movement, Laban/Bartenieff, Soul MotionTM Dance, Halprin Life/Art Process, Mindfulness Practice and Gestalt Awareness Practice. Currently offering DMT to individuals and groups, both children and adults, with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs; and on using Authentic Movement with women. Anaia is the Director of Dance Therapy NZ, a Charitable Trust offering Dance Movement Therapy and Arts Therapy to the community. Anaia also teaches in the Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy.
Tel: +64 21 184 9676 / Email: / Website:

Jung-Hsu Jacquelyn Wan
Auckland, New Zealand & Taipei, Taiwan
Prof. Member DTAA, MA Dance/Movement Therapy, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA), Certified Dance Therapist (TDTA), Registered Arts Therapist (ANZATA). Certified Ways-of-Seeing practitioner trained with Dr. Suzi Tortora, senior dance psychotherapist.
With psychology-trained background, Jacquelyn practices as a clinical dance/movement psychotherapist. Her psychological framework grounds in psychodynamics, humanistic therapy, and developmental psychology; and integrates Infant Mental Health (IMH), mindfulness practice, and Authentic Movement into her practice. Her clinical experience involves a variety of populations, from young children to elderly, including individuals in Spectrum, with Attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), attachment and trauma related issues, physical/multi disabilities, mental-health issues in psychiatric wards; as well as people seeking holistic well-being and growth. Jacquelyn offers training, supervision, and therapy between her two homes in Taiwan and New Zealand. She also teaches in Certificate in Dance Therapy with DTNZ.
Tel: +64 22101 8436 +886 958553033/ Email: More about Jacquelyn Wan’s DMT Work




Alberto Lampa Dimarucut
Manila, Pampanga & Tarlac
Mobile: +63 917 914 9022; Email:
MS Human Movement Science candidature (UPD), GradDip Dance Movement Therapy (WI), BA Communication (FEU). Alberto is at present providing dance movement therapy with various populations in the country, specializing in his work with the elderly, orphans and various people with disabilities. He has work experience in Aged Care & Dementia, Mental Health and Disability in Australia since 2009. He combines different modalities in his approach in the treatment of his clients. Has his own private practice and is available for Dance Movement Therapy seminars and workshops. He is also a professional DanceSport teacher and coach. He is with the College of Human Kinetics – University of the Philippines, Diliman, as a fulltime faculty member.


Guam, USA

E. Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy New York University(USA), Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (USA), Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado, USA)
Over 30 years in the field of dance/movement therapy including indepth knowledge and practice of authentic movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Physical Storytelling. Based in New Plymouth, New Zealand with a consulting and private practice offers therapy, supervision, and training. workshops Additionally volunteer as a La Leche League Leader for more than 16 years assisting mothers and families/whanua with babies and young children. Am available for skype supervision
Tel: +64 6 7695661, Mobile +64 02 7490 9729 +64 02 7490 9729, Email: