Provisional Professional Members List

This page lists DTAA’s current Provisional Professional Members, those professionals who are recognised at the second highest level of credentialling in Australasia.

For a listing of other DTAA-recognised members, please go to our Professional Members page.

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

Current Provisional Professional Members: to have your details on the list added or amended, please email DTAA Administrator admin@dtaa.org.au


Australia

New South Wales

Sandra L Perrin
Sydney
Qualifications: Cert IV Community Services Work, BA, Grad Dip Dance Movement Therapy, ARAD, DTAA (Prov. DMT)
Experience: Worked as an independent contemporary dancer and choreographer in Sydney and taught dance to children for several years. Worked with community organisations in disability and mental health, mainly as a peer support worker. Experience in facilitating DMT groups for adults with mental health issues, using a peer-led recovery-oriented approach. Interested in dance movement therapy for older people and children.
Mobile: 0458 560 655 / Email: sandperr@hotmail.com

Queensland

Anna Crooks
Cairns
B of Fine Arts, Master of Creative Arts Therapy (RMIT University), Graduate Certificate of Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA), currently studying Master of Social Work (JCU), DTAA (Associate) Anna has worked with a broad group of clients, including adults with intellectual disabilities, in aged care and specifically in dementia units, with adults in psychiatric care, with mothers and babies and with the general population.  She runs fortnightly creative dance classes as well as facilitating a fortnightly Authentic Movement Practice group in Cairns.
Mobile: 0405 903 019 Email: sun.anna.crooks@gmail.com

 

Victoria

Verity Danbold
DTAA (Prov. DMT), is a dance movement therapist specializing in trauma. As both a dance therapist and a community dance and social circus specialist, she has extensive international experience working with survivors of sex trafficking and torture, as well as refugees in the UK. Her work is guided by the principle of working through the body, what is done to the body.
Email: vdanbold@gmail.com

Ella Dumaresq
Melbourne CBD, Inner city area, northern suburbs, western suburbs (Footscray area), eastern suburbs.
Organisation Name: Integral Body Motion
Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute 2014 Bachelor of Arts, Monash University – First Class Honours in German Studies, 2012. Advanced RAD classical ballet technique (Royal Academy of Dance), DTAA (Prov. DMT)
Ella is dance movement therapist and graduate researcher at CATRU (Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit), University of Melbourne. Based at VCA & MCM, Ella’s PhD project is about exploring women’s experiences and perceptions of exiting prison and transitioning into community. Dance movement therapy is the primary mode of inquiry for this project, and collaborative models of research and practice underscore this study. As a dancer, practitioner, and researcher, Ella is interested in the ways in which arts based practices and embodied inquiry can help inform and strengthen both practice and theory within the Creative Arts Therapies and beyond. Ella has also been practicing within Aged Care since graduating from DMT her studies in 2014.
Tel: 0411 500 678 Email: info@movementmeds.com
Website: www.movementmeds.com

Anna Foletta
Eltham, Mt Eliza, Healesville and surrounding areas
Bachelor of Education (Prim) (Hons), Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy (Phoenix), DTAA (Prov. DMT). Currently working with primary/secondary school aged children with varying complex levels of intellectual and physical disabilities, individual and group work with people living with Dementia in an aged care facility, and holding movement/ritual/rites of passage work with pre-adolescent girls. Available for both group and individual sessions.
Website: http://thewisdomseekers.weebly.com
Mob: 0417 314 252 / Email: anna@thewisdomseekers.com.au

Tessa Hens

Melbourne, South East Suburbs
Bachelor of Contemporary Arts Majoring in Dance (Deakin University), Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy (RMIT),  Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector – Specialist Teaching (Canterbury Christchurch University, UK).
Tessa has had a life-long engagement with dance, training at university level in numerous dance styles alongside other creative arts modalities.  She also has fifteen years of experience in working with both adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities both in Australia and the UK where she was trained in the most up to date teaching methodologies related to working with people living with disabilities.  She currently runs regular innovative Dance Movement Therapy programs for adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the South East.  Tessa also works with young children with disabilities on a sessional basis and enjoys collaborating with a range of specialists in this work to integrate Speech and Occupational Therapy goals with her DMT work.  Tessa has in the last year collaborated with Post-Doctoral researcher, Dr Kim Dunphy of the Creative Arts Therapy Unit at Melbourne University to examine assessment in DMT practice and its relationship with the incoming National Disability Insurance Scheme.  She is also collaborating with a specialist Early Learning Centre in central Melbourne to explore the way dance and movement can inform teaching for young children with intellectual disability and the way these approaches align with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework.  Tessa is passionate about sharing the capacity of dance and embodied practice to promote wellbeing learning and growth.
Email: tessadmthens33@gmail.com Mob: 0407565135

 

Laura Houley
Dip. Dance Movement Therapy (Phoenix Institute), Dip. Dance (SDS UofN), currently completing Bachelor of Arts (Dance & Literature) / Masters Education (Deakin), Personal Trainer (Cert IV), Allied Health Assistant (Cert III), Certificate IV in Christian Ministry, DTAA (Prov. DMT) Laura is experienced in neurological, special needs, and aged care populations, as well as having a special interest in trauma and experience working with culturally diverse and disadvantaged populations. ​Laura completed her full time dance training through the University of the Nations in the US, before completing her practical field placement teaching dance and working with marginalised and underprivileged children and refugees in Thailand. Laura is passionate about using movement and expression to overcome cultural, linguistic, social, physical, and emotional barriers and aid in personal development and growth. Her background in Allied Health makes her experienced at working within a multidisciplinary approach to support clients to reach their goals. Laura’s company MoveDanceBe Dance Movement Therapy and Classes offers a range of individual and group sessions that promote wellness through movement and expression. Located in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs Laura conducts home visits, and small groups through to holiday programs and workshops for children, adolescents and adults. MoveDanceBe’s classes and workshops are informed by Laura’s passion for movement and it’s connection to wellness. MoveDanceBe believe’s dance expression should be inclusive, encouraging and safe at all times. ​​
Website: www.movedancebe.com.au / Email: info@movedancebe.com.au / Phone: 0498 579 929

 

Angela Kastanis
Peninsula, Mt Eliza, Frankston
BA, Dip Ed, Post Grad. Cert TESOL, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, yoga training and a dance therapy qualification from the IDTIA, DTAA (Prov. DMT)
Specialist expertise: Children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Elderly citizens in homes. Angela runs adult classes in esteem building at Studio Isis, Mornington on the first Sunday of each month.
Mobile: 0411 860 190  / Email: angelakastanis@yahoo.com.au


International

Argentina


Valeria Peirobon

MA in Psychology, Dance Therapist Intern (completing a Advanced Clinical Practicum in DMT Certificate), DTAA (Prov. DMT), Experience as Psychologist in Argentina in different Neurological Rehabilitation Centres supporting the clients’ rehabilitation process and their families. Furthermore, as Psychotherapist, provided psychological assistance to clients who suffered from different mental health problems, especially around anxiety and depression disorders. In New Zealand, facilitated Dance Therapy Groups with adults with different kinds of disabilities, as well as children and teenagers affected by autism, down syndrome, ADHD and related disorders. Currently working freelance as Dance Therapy Intern in Schools with kids with special needs and challenging behaviours.
Tel: +64 02 1191 3535 / Email: vpiero@gmail.com
Website: http://selfexpressiongroup.weebly.com


New Zealand


Elise Loh
Malaysia (currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand)
B(Sc) Hons App. Psych, Cert in DMT, Adv Clin Prac in DMT (DTNZ), PGDip. in Applied Behavioral Analysis, DTAA (Prov. DMT)
Elise previously worked as a behavioral therapist alongside with special needs children. She is now practicing DMT as a self-contractor with the STARS programmes (DTNZ), especially in encouraging social skills, emotion regulations and expressions among children and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Down Syndromes). Elise works with individuals who are recovering from mental health (depression, anxiety, PTSD), developmental and intellectual disabilities, and other related disorders. Coming from an applied psychology background, she is inspired by the therapeutic and healing effects of dance movement psychotherapy as a part of early intervention for special needs children and mental health adults population, both group and individually. Elise is interested in integrating the use of mindfulness techniques, movement psychotherapy, and positive behavioral support in her sessions. Mob: +64220475565 / Email: cmtherapynz@gmail.com. For more information: www.cmtherapynz.blogspot.com