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Professional Members’ Register

This page provides a register of DTAA’s current Professional Members, those professionals who are recognised at the highest level of credentialling of dance movement therapists in Australasia. All DTAA Registrants have undergone a rigorous application process in which their training, qualifications and supervised experience have been verified as meeting DTAA’s standards.

These members can be identified by their DTAA Registration number and the post-nominal of DTAA (Prof DMT).


These practitioners have demonstrated that they:

  • Have sufficient experience to deliver quality therapeutic services, with clients from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of issues
  • Undertake ongoing professional development and receive professional supervision of their work
  • Agree to abide by ethical conduct as set out in DTAA’s Code of Ethics
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Are fully paid Professional Members of DTAA, renewing their membership annually.

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

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

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

A Professional member has the option to Deactivate their Professional membership due to personal, health, or family circumstances.  A Deactivation form can be found on the How to Join/Renew webpage.

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Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 203-01

Canberra and surrounding NSW

B.Ed., M.Sc., B.Soc.Sci. (Hons, Psychology), Dip. (Adult Psych), Dip. DMT , Registered Clinical Psychotherapist (PACFA #20209).

Sandra has worked in private practice for 25+ years. She specializes in working with somatization, trauma, chronic pain, personality disorders, anxiety/depression, as well as other complex trauma-based issues. She grounds her movement work in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA/BF) and her psychological framework in Self-Psychology (Kohut). She taught LMA and Bartenieff Fundamentals as well as Developmental Issues for the Grad. Dip. (Dance Therapy & Counselling) at the Wesley Institute, Sydney and Calgary; IDTIA, Melbourne. Sandra develops somatic (BMC-based) LMA and BF workshops for therapists, and has lectured in self- psychology for Empathink, Melbourne. She runs somatic movement psychotherapy study groups as well as Authentic movement courses. She supervises a variety of psychologists, psychodynamic psychotherapists, body psychotherapists and dance movement therapists. She provides supervision by phone or skype.

PH: 0407 248 323 Website:

New South Wales:


Corinne Urquhart, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-21

Sydney Inner West and City: NSW.

RAD Dance Teaching Diploma (Registered), Grad Dip Dance Movement Therapy Reg:218-21, Master of Media Arts & Production, Cert in Progressing Ballet Technique, Dip Education & Grad Dip Special Education

Skilled and qualified R.A.D. Ballet Teacher, Dance Movement Therapist, Movement Artist with a background in primary and special education. Upholds innovative and engaging teaching and practice methods. Over 25 years’ experience working in the field of teaching and therapy, mainly with children with learning disabilities and emotional disorders, as well as aged care (community groups and individual therapy, working with people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s). A caring and hardworking professional with an exceptional work ethic, integrity, and commitment to cultivating a productive, safe, and positive learning and engagement environment. Upholds registration with the D.M.T.A.A. (Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia) and the R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance’ England).

Demonstrates a love of the arts, working with people of all ages to increase their understanding of ‘safe dance’ based on gaining a solid and good foundation, as well as helping them to develop their technique and artistry whilst engaging them in a fun and positive learning experience. Experienced in working as part of a team, sharing ideas, skills, and knowledge to achieve the best support, and learning outcome for participants/students.

Mobile: +61 2 (0)403042734 / Email:


Francoise Bale, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-17

Central Coast, NSW.

Grad Dip DMT( Wesley), Production Engineering Certificate( TAFE Sydney), Professional Dancer, RAD (Scully -Borovansky).

Programs for children with Learning difficulties and behavioural problems, mentored children with Kidshope World Vision, working with school and community organisations supporting children and youth, conducted workshops for Anxiety and wellness. Currently working with Elderly and Dementia. Francoise has a gentle caring approach to create a safe and fun-filled space using dance and movement as well as drawing to facilitate expression where applicable.

Mobile: 0430441360/ Email:


Theresa Jackson, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-2

Lilyfield, NSW 2040

B.A Dance NYU, M.A Dance Therapy NYU, Grad. Dip.Ed. UTS, Adult and Community Ed. UTS, Migrant, Asylum and Refugee Grad. Cert. Charles Sturt University.

Theresa studied Dance Therapy at New York University with Marica Leventhal and received her B.F.A. in Performing Arts Dance at the same university. After graduating she became a stage manager for the European tour of ‘Spiderwoman’. Theresa came to Australia in 1981 where she became involved with Dance Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings from disabilities to mainstream, as a lecturer, tutor and facilitator in using dance and movement as the key element in promoting creativity, communications and the importance of movement. For the last 20 years Theresa was a PD/H/PE teacher using the principles of dance therapy to everyday sports and exercise. During this time, she has presented papers at Indigenous dance conferences, International Health Conferences addressing the importance for dance in people’s lives and just recently presented at the International Childhood Foundation conference in Melbourne. Her main interest is the use of dance and movement as ‘preventative medicine’.

Tel: 02 9660 5683 Email:


Juliette Kirkwood, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 208-01

Sydney NSW

Bachelor Applied Science, Grad Dip Dance Movement Therapy
Certified Practicing Counsellor, PACFA Reg. Clinical 25337

Juliette has extensive experience working in a Psychiatric Hospital setting facilitating weekly Dance Movement Therapy sessions in inpatient and outpatient programs. Her areas of specialty are in adult mental health including psychiatric disorders, women’s mental health, Post Natal Depression, drug and alcohol misuse, and complex trauma in adult survivors of child abuse. Juliette held a position of lecturer at Wesley Institute for five years teaching in the Graduate Diploma of Dance/Movement Therapy. Currently Juliette is an mBodyWisdom partner and maintains a private practice in Sydney focusing on clients with a history of complex trauma. Her practice is informed by ongoing professional development and clinical supervision in trauma treatment using the body as the primary healing tool. Juliette is passionate about the relationship between moving and healing and has focused her energy on researching this topic experientially and academically. Juliette has developed Dance Movement Therapy programs for specific client groups in the community such as women’s health retreats. Juliette is available for both group work and individual Dance Movement Therapy.

Telephone: 0423698587 Email: Web: LinkedIn:


Cecilia Lau King / DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 217-01

South West Sydney, NSW

Master of Counselling, Graduate Dip in Dance Movement Therapy, Grad. Dip. Of Dramatic Arts (Production and Events Mgt), B Arts (Theatre & Dance), DTAA (Prof. DMT) & ACA Member

Cecilia specialises working with children, adolescents, adults and families impacted by disabilities and trauma in the disability sector. She currently works as a counsellor, dance movement therapist, AutPlay Therapy provider and Behaviour Support Practitioner. Cecilia has joined force with a music therapist and an art therapist in establishing M.A.D Therapy in 2020 and became a registered NDIS provider. Cecilia also offers her service through Whole Family Health at St Mary’s Sydney where she collaborates with a multidisciplinary team in supporting NDIS participants. Cecilia is trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy under the guidance of Babette Rothschild (author of “The Body Remembers”). She offers clinical individual and group supervision using the RISE-UP model. Her experience includes working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Complex PTSD and Severe Anxiety Disorder.

Telephone: 0430 376 838 / Email: / Web:


Meredith Lucy, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 217-02

Sydney inner west, central east and north

Grad Dip DMT (Wesley Institute), B. Sc (Arch), Dip Fashion and Textiles

Specialist expertise: physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, elderly and disability support workers. Groups and 1:1 with adults and adolescents with various physical, sensory and/or a range of intellectual disabilities. People with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Acquired Brain Injury. People with depression as a result of degenerative conditions and/or disabilities. ‘Creative movement’ with elderly people. Authentic Movement with peers. Student placements available in groups with intellectual disabilities. Meredith’s work also includes visual art as an extension of movement to build symbolic communication.

Telephone: 0400 447 951 Email:


Eileen McDonald, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-05

Mittagong, NSW

Cert IV Training & Assessment, BA Communications & Drama, TC (Dance), Grad Dip Dance Therapy, M Counselling

Eileen has been teaching and choreographing community arts, folk dance and sacred forms of dance internationally for more than 30 years. Eileen trained in DMT with the IDTIA and Wesley Institute. Her dance movement therapy experience since 1989 includes work in community, clinical and educational facilities with aged care & dementia, children/adolescents, disability, carers, mental health, and with refugee & migrant populations. She has been a lecturer in the Wesley Institute Graduate Diploma of Dance/Movement course, is a member of the DTAA National Committee, and a supervisor for IDTIA. Eileen provides DMT & expressive arts therapy presentations and workshops at Australian and international mental health, disability and performing arts conferences.

Telephone: 0438 221 751 Email:


Robyn Price, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 217-03

Northern Beaches and Northern Sydney

BA, Grad Dip Movt & Dance, Grad Dip Dance Therapy, M Gestalt Therapy, Grad Dip Relational Supervision. PACFA Reg. No. 26671.

Robyn is a dance movement therapist and Gestalt psychotherapist whose approach is gentle, supportive, body inclusive and trauma-informed. Where appropriate, she draws on creative processes that include dance- and music-making, drawing and sand-tray, to explore or deepen understanding. She finds these nonverbal approaches particularly helpful when working with traumatic or early-life issues, where words are unavailable.
Robyn works with individuals and groups, in private practice and within organisations, and her experience encompasses mental health (anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, trauma, eating disorders), addiction recovery, aged care/dementia care, loss and grief, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, life transitions, adults with disabilities, and children with developmental or learning issues. She has lectured/tutored in DMT training programs and offers DMT supervision. Areas of interest: The body in psychotherapy, the effects and treatment of developmental trauma, adult attachment processes, creativity in therapy, developmental movement, authentic movement, Body Mind Centering/somatic processing.

Telephone: 0412 585 568 Email:


Cath Rummery  DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 223-03

Sydney, Blue Mountains, NSW

Cert. DMT (IDTIA), BSc (Hons) (Biology), Currently completing Advanced Clinical Training Dance Therapy (IDTIA) and Graduate Diploma (Counselling)
Tel: 0418 641 472 / Email:




Kimberly Ryan DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-04

Sydney – Blue Mountains, Western Sydney

BA(Hons) Dance, DeMontfort University, UK; MA Dance Movement Therapy, Goldsmiths University, London, UK Registered Clinical Psychotherapist PACFA (Reg No. 26885)

Since qualifying as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in the UK in 2010, Kimberly has focused her career on working with infants, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, in particular within the child protection and Out of Home Care spheres. Kimberly specializes in working with the child-caregiver dyad, caregiver-infant attachment and complex childhood trauma. Kimberly has worked within residential out of home care, youth and family homelessness refuge, domestic and family violence, statutory health and social care and juvenile justice services across the UK and Australia. Kimberly has also worked extensively supporting parenting in child protection contexts through the spectrum of foster care, kinship care, short and long term placements, restoration to family of origin as well as pre and post adoption work. Kimberly has provided training to social workers, psychologists, school counselors and educators around working with complex trauma, domestic and family violence and creating a trauma informed education environment. Kimberly grounds her work in attachment, physiological and developmental theories and utilizes Kesternberg Movement Profiling (KMP) and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) alongside Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in her approach to child and family work.

Telephone: 0478899609 Email:


Deb Scarfe, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-25

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,

Trained with Marcia Levanthal 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.

Telephone: 0428 717 074 Email:

Rosemarie Smith, DTAA (Prof.DMT) Reg.No. 218-15

Central Coast, NSW.

Grad Dip DMT (Wesley) Hons. Certified Lebed Method Instructor. Qualified Clinical Pastoral Education (Gosford). Arthritis Australia Warm Water Instructor.

Currently working with Elderly and Dementia (15 years’ experience). Conducted workshops for anxiety, cancer survivors, wellness and Lebed/Healthy Steps. Also worked with youth in schools and families.

Telephone: 0409413035 Email:



Lillian Thio-Kaplan, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 202-01

Sydney and Asia

M. Research (units completed), M. Ed. (Special Ed.), MA. Theo, BA. Bible-Theo, Grad. Dip. Dance Therapy, Dip. Aromatherapy, Cert IV Massage, Cert IV Training & Assessment (TAE), Adv. Cert Training & Assessment (ACTA, Spore), Adv. Dip Business Mgmt, Dip. In Arts & Design (Spore), American Social Dancing and Aged Care Quality Assessment Course.

Lillian provides private dance/movement therapy in Sydney and training in Asia, and works with children in Danceyogini in afterschool care programs; trainer & assessor for accredited courses in Aged Care & Dementia Essentials in Sydney; and a speaker for corporate training in aromatherapy and parenting. 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. Available for DMT supervision.
Membership: DTAA, PACFA, ARCAP Mob: 0468 733 060 / Email: Web: Facebook:


Sharon Todd Miller, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-02

Artarmon, NSW, Sydney inner west, lower North Shore,

MS. BSc Ed; Accredited Counselling, Cert. DMT IDTIA.

Experience: Women’s groups at community health centres; “Communicating for Healthy Relationships”, ‘Healthy Body Image” and Life Balance. ‘Expressive Movement”, for social connection, physical conditioning, depression and for safe and enjoyable movement for women with conditions such as arthritis and chronic fatigue. Areas of specialty are facilitation of women’s health issues, outreach movement sessions for women undergoing drug rehabilitation, support/social groups for women from culturally and diverse backgrounds.
Mobile 0419 047 185 / Email:


Virginia Woods, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-09

Northern NSW

Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Masters by Supervision- Melbourne Institute of Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies, Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, Graduate Diploma in Dance Therapy, Certificate in Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy- Module 1, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling

Virginia Woods is a psychologist, dance-movement therapist and sensorimotor psychotherapist, and creative arts psychotherapist. She has a wide range of experience in counselling over 30 years. Virginia has developed expertise in body image and somatic psychotherapy through on-going training in dance/movement therapy and mindfulness strategies (including Hakomi and A.C.T.). She has also completed Masters by Supervision in expressive arts therapy and completed Module 1 in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma. Virginia is a spiritual seeker, has had a long practice of meditation, and trained in Shamanic healing. Through personal exploration in dance and movement she has experienced a deepening of health in body, mind and spirit. Virginia enjoys inviting others to experience the joy and freedom of moving and from their essential self.

Northern Territory


Alexandra Jordan, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 224-01

Darwin, Northern Territory
Top End, Australia

B Arts, B Sci (Hons), Grad Dip Psychology, Advanced Dip (DMT)

Alex has experience working as DMT in individual and group settings with diverse groups including Mothers and Babies with diverse needs, children and families, teenagers, refugee and asylum seekers (survivors of torture and trauma), survivors of sexual assault, young people and adults with diverse abilities.  She has worked widely in cross cultural settings including working collaboratively with Indigenous communities in the top end. Alex works widely in the field of trauma and is experienced in offering training and therapy in this area.

Alex currently also works as a counsellor/ High school counsellor and consultant and offers limited private practice locally and on-line.
61 425776416




Aiko Ushizuka, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 224-03

Brisbane: Queensland

Advanced Clinical Somatics and Dance Movement Therapy, Completion of Integrated Diploma of Contemporary Pilates, (Tensegrity Training), Individual disability support work certificate,

Aiko’s expertise lies in facilitating dance movement therapy sessions for individuals and groups, focusing on NDIS participants and children with behaviour challenges. She is passionate about sharing the transformative benefits of dance movement therapy with people from all walks of life. Aiko’s diverse skill set includes dance, yoga and pilates, as well as providing support for individuals with disabilities. She has experience supporting people of all ages, from kids to the elderly.



Anna Crooks, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 223-04

Cairns: Queensland

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), Master of Creative Arts Therapies, Graduate Certificate of Dance Movement Therapy, Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work Certificate, Theraplay Level One and Marschak Interaction Method

Anna has worked in the human services sector for over 20 years, using varied creative modalities as tools for expression and communication. She has extensive experience in disability, aged care, adult mental health, and child protection. In the last 3 years Anna has most lovingly settled into one on one and small group work with children who are neurodiverse or who are diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Anna works with NDIS participants, agency or privately funded clients. Anna’s approach in playful, often non-verbal, movement based interventions, is informed by attachment theory, strengths-based, trauma responsive, and humanistic approaches, as she works with each child and family towards health, wellbeing and resilience.



Sarah Tuckett, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 223-02

Brisbane: South East Queensland

Master of Mental Health (Psychotherapy), Grad Dip of Somatics and Dance Movement Therapy, Adv Diploma of Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy. Registered Clinical Psychotherapist PACFA (Reg. No. 23732).

Sarah is a somatic psychotherapist and dance movement therapist working in private practice in Brisbane since 2016. Sarah combines body movement and expression with talk therapy for adults experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD and trauma. Her passion is to help women in mid-life find their sparkle again. If you would like to find out more about 1:1 psychotherapy with Sarah, head over to her website



Clare Apelt, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 233-01

Brisbane: South East Queensland

Advanced Clinical Somatic & Dance Movement Therapy, Tensegrity Training; Expressive Arts Therapy, Masters by Supervision, MIECAT; Bachelor of Fine Arts – Drama

Clare has worked with diverse populations and needs including children, at risk young people, adults and the elderly. She is passionate about the power of movement and music when working with people living with dementia; people who identify as being disabled and neuro-diverse individuals. Clare leads a weekly reflective movement space in Brisbane called Self in Motion.

Mob: +61 424451358 Email:


Amanda Bryan, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 216-01

Brisbane: Northern suburbs and inner city,

MA Movement Psychotherapy, BA Performing Arts, Diploma Early Childhood, Grad. Cert. Dance Therapy, Master Practitioner Programme in Eating Disorders, Obesity and Nutrition, Dip Community Mental Health and Psychiatry, Int. level Gymnastics Instructor, Wheelchair Dance Instructor, Level 1 Exercise and Fitness.

Amanda’s special areas in DMT include extensive work within the prison service including forensic and mental health patients. Other areas include children and adults who experience mental health difficulties, forensic patients, people with physical and intellectual disability, parent/child, eating disorders, emotional/behaviour regulation, special educational needs. She offers group and individual therapy, group presentations, and workshops. Mob: 0447017790 Email:


Katharina Lein, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 220-10

Sunshine Coast

Grad. Dip. DMT (former Wesley Institute, now Excelsia College), Bachelor of Economic and Social Science (University of Sydney)

Katharina is interested in working with NDIS clients of all ages and abilities. She has experience working with various child populations as well as adult mental health and adult disability populations. Katharina currently works as a children’s counsellor for a large organisation using expressive modalities including music and movement. She addresses emotional, social and behavioural goals in fun and creative ways with children aged 4 to 18 years who have experienced trauma. Some of these children have been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, anxiety or depression. Katharina has also run creative and therapeutic dance and movement sessions with groups of children aged 2 to 5 years for several years. These sessions have a developmental focus and 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. Groups have included children with a typical course of development as well as children with a developmental delay or diagnosed with ADHD or ASD. Furthermore, Katharina facilitates improvisational movement sessions for the general public based on mindfulness and authentic movement and inspired by techniques and the philosophy of contact improvisation. These sessions have an internal focus and include various mediums of reflection such as writing, drawing and verbal sharing. Katharina’s vision is to help children and adults attain a sense of wholeness, wellness and personal safety by facilitating experiences which promote their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Mob:0424011732


Andrea Berchtold, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg.No. 218-16


Grad. Cert. DMT (IDTIA, Melbourne), Dip. Leading Dance for Older People (Green Candle Dance Company, London), Dance and Performance, (Schule für Tanz, Improvisation und Performance, Freiburg, Germany), Grad. Cert. Counselling

Andrea is working both in Australia and overseas with various populations, including people with a range of physical disabilities and NCD’s, acquired brain injuries, people living with dementia (and their carers), Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and strokes. She has expertise in dance and movement therapy with the elderly and has a particular interest in fostering dance and movement therapy practice in age care facilities and respite centers. She has also worked with adults in psychiatric settings. Currently Andrea is offering regular authentic movement sessions with adults, one to one dance and movement therapy sessions, and facilitates ongoing creative dance and improvisation classes for the elderly. Andrea is continuously broadening her dance therapy practice attending professional development workshops in somatic movement practice, and through participation in integrative dance workshops and projects in Europe. Mob: 61 404 849 066


Tracey Nicholson, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 200-01

Sunshine Coast

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 children and adolescents particularly 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 Somatics & Dance-Movement Therapy – a post- graduate qualification in Movement Therapy & Somatic Psychotherapy drawing on the framework of Laban Movement Analysis, Developmental Movement & Dance Therapy. 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. Mob: 0400 600 360 / Email: Web:


Alice Owen. DTAA(Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-12

Brisbane and environs

Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy IDTIA, Grad Dip Movement and Dance Melb UniADA Performing Arts Lismore CEA, Practising Member Speech Pathology Australia

Experience: adults and children with disabilities, including CP and head injury, autism.Alice encourages older adults and people with dementia to stay healthy longer through dance and through her improvisation group brings people of all ages back to dance for its multidimensional benefits More about Alice Owen’s DMT work. Mob: 0412 451 514 Email: Organisation Name: Spiral Dance Website:

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Mioi Forster-Nakayama, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No.220-03
ANZACATA AThR (Prof. No. 59137275)

MA in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision (PACFA-Accredited Course), Diploma in Movement Mixed Medium of Arts (Attakkalari, Bangalore, India), BA in Sociology (St.Paul’s University)

Area of Interest; Children, Teenagers and Adults with Trauma(including preverbal trauma, complex trauma), Attachment Issues, Neurodivergent, Emotional and Behavioural Challenges

Experience; Mioi has been clinically practicing dance movement psychotherapy since 2013 and had extensive working experience in special schools, NHS mental health hospitals, prison and charities in the United Kingdom and Japan. Mioi moved to Adelaide in 2020 and started to work at a clinic mainly with NDIS participants. She runs her private practice, sees diverse client populations, and provides DMP and psychotherapy sessions. Mioi also supervises dance movement therapists, art psychotherapists, counsellors/psychotherapists, and social workers in her private practice. Her approach is psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma-informed and attachment-based. She lectures psychotherapy subjects including DMT subjects.

She has also completed the Somatic Body Mapping Mentorship under Annette Schwalbe (UKRDMP, UKCP) and offers a somatic body mapping CPD program for women. She has offered the SBM workshops in Australia, the U.K. and Japan.

Mioi brought up in Hiroshima, moved to Munich, Germany when she was 16.  She moved to India and co-founded an arts school for street children. She discovered the strength and healing power in arts and dance through this work and decided to become a movement-based psychotherapist.
Mobile: 0493 764 845


Cinzia Schincariol DTAA(Prof.DMT) Reg. No. 218-20

Adelaide region

Cert. DMT (IDTIA), Advanced DMT Diploma (IDTIA)

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:


Eri Mullooly-Hill Konishi, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 222-02

Lutana, Tasmania, Australia
Hobart and surrounding areas

MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), BA in Arts in Humanity (Mie University, Japan)

Eri currently works and moves with diverse communities in lutruwita (Tasmania). Her love of dance and belief in the power of dance led her to move to London in 2010 to study Dance Movement Psychotherapy. As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist she has so far worked with adults with dementia and in mental health settings, children and adults with learning difficulties, and various communities in Japan and Australia. Drawing the individual’s attention to Body-mind connection, Eri works psychodynamically, relating to people where they are, bringing authenticity and joy into the moment. Her ethics and approach are rooted in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, both in working as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and a Movement artist. Since settling back in lutruwita in late 2019, she has worked for a special needs organisation and is working for Second Eco Ensemble, a local inclusive performance company, as well as offering individual DMT and group sessions and performing locally. In 2021 Eri has been trained as a facilitator in The BodyMind Approach® for people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Eri is originally from Japan. Since a child, she has always been curious about cultural differences, which later encouraged her to travel extensively. She lived in Germany, UK, and Australia, and stayed long-term in India. In her work Eri welcomes diversity and the richness it can bring to our life
Moblie: +61 491612537
(Headshot:Credit to Dan Cripps)



Meagan Otu, DTAA (Prof. DMT) REg. No. 224-02

Fairfield, Northern suburbs. Outreach across Melbourne

Masters Creative Arts Therapies (Dance Movement Therapy), Bachelor Arts (Anthropology & Dance), PostGradPlayTh.Cert. Dip Dance Movement Therapy, Dip Kinesiology. Certified Mongan Method Birth Educator.

Meagan’s experience includes adult and children’s mental health, parent & infant mental health, birth trauma, therapeutic play and dance movement therapy for early intervention, selective mutism, autism, PTSD, neurological conditions- Stroke, Parkinson’s, M.S, and children and adults affected by domestic violence and childhood trauma. Offering a warm approach and safely held space, Meagan supports her clients to foster an embodied sense of emotional regulation, cognition, self-expression, communication and harmonious ways of being in relationship.

Tel: 0468 968 195 /


Maeve Larkin, DTAA (Prof. DMT) REg. No. 209-01


B.Ed (Victoria College), Dip. DMT (IDTIA)

Maeve 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 / Mob: 0405 564 985 / Email:


Angela Kastanis, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 219-02

Mornington Peninsula VIC

Adv. Clinical Training Dip. DMT (IDTIA), Cert. DMT (IDTIA), Certificate in Performance Somatics and the Creative Process, Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia), BA, DipEd  Post Grad TESOL, Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching.

Angela has worked with children and adults with Down Syndrome, autism, the blind and adults with dementia in aged care. Angela offers online movement explorations online for women. Privately, Angela offers dance movement therapy to children and adults who have experienced trauma and abuse and to adults working through life issues. Angela is also a coordinator and educator in the IDTIA Clinical Training in DMT, co-facilitates the Thursday Conversations for IDTIA and currently, is the IDTIA convenor.
Moblie: 0411860190


Ella Dumaresq, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 221-03

Geelong and surrounds

PhD (Dance Movement Therapy, University of Melbourne); B.A., Hons (Anthropology and German Studies); Dip. DMT

Ella is a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and a researcher-practitioner. She currently leads the dance therapy track in the Master of Creative Arts Therapies program. Ella holds a PhD in dance movement therapy: her doctoral project focused on developing collaborative approaches to DMT practice with women navigating through the criminal justice system. Ella’s prior practice experience includes aged care and adult disability. Alongside her academic duties, Ella explores DMT with residents in a forensic mental health unit. She enjoys working with diverse groups of people to explore their perceptions and knowledge/s of using dance as a health and wellbeing resource. Ella works both online and in-person. She is guided by trauma-responsive and strengths-based models of practice.

Mob: 0411 500 678 Email:



Monica Espinoza Anguerre, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-09

Melbourne, North Eastern Suburbs

Adv. Clinical Training Dip. DMT (IDTIA), Cert. DMT (IDTIA), Currently Diploma Leadership (PS College), Family Violence Foundations Certificate (DVRCV), Cert. IV Dance & Management (ATO), Nia & Nia 5 Stages Certificate, Ageing with 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).

Monica is a Professional Dance Movement Therapist with a Spanish background, she has studied in Australia and overseas. She has studied, performed and taught classical and contemporary, creative dance Acro- rhythmic and other movement disciplines. Monica uses a non- verbal creative process as a psychotherapeutic approach to empower clients in both individual and group setting toward their physical, cognitive, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing.

Monica has DMT experience with children and adults with Disability, Physical and intellectual, children and adolescents with ADHD, APD, Autism, and Aspergers spectrum. She works in collaboration with other allied health professionals, community and council programs, educational settings, dance studios and council initiatives in benefit of the client. She has also worked with Post Cancer Survival women, Arthritis, Parkinson and MS, Residential Aged Care, Dementia and High Care inc. support to Rehabilitation programs prevention and recovery.

Monica provides a space for a therapeutic and family focused service, for parent/carer and children victims of family violence and the impact of trauma. Monica uses improvised authentic movement for a transformative and therapeutic effect to a healthy balanced life. Monica brings a pastoral counsel care approach to life. Monica has lectured as part of the DMT foundation Accredited Course of IDTIA, and supports the initiatives of The Victorian State Ballet as part of the Board.

Mob: 0411 230 444 / Email: or


Mandy Agnew, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-06

Eastern suburbs, Melbourne city

IDTIA Advanced Dip of DMT.

Offers individual sessions for those who wish to explore life through movement. Experience with fragile elders with dementia, mothers and babies experiencing postnatal depression, young children and teenagers challenged by Autism/Aspergers, children/teens experiencing social and emotional hardship. Currently working weekly with young people with special needs. Also Mandy facilitates a weekly woman’s personal growth and self-exploration session called Authentic Balance-Authentic Movement.
Tel: 0437 348 808 / Email:
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Verity Danbold, DTAA (Prof.DMT) Reg. No. 218-18

Victoria and UK

BA (Drama and English) /MA (Theatre for Development) University of East Anglia, UK; DMT training Goldsmiths, University of London; DMT Certificate TISS Mumbai/Kolkata Sanved, India.

I am a Dance Movement Therapist specialising in trauma. As both a Dance Movement Therapist and a community dance/social circus specialist, I have extensive experience working globally with survivors of sex trafficking and torture, as well as refugees in the UK. DMT allows me to use movement as a diagnostic and healing tool, seeing in the body what is “too fine, too deep” for words which is especially appropriate for this population. I draw from the Sampoornata method, a human-rights based methodology, I campaign for my client’s rights outside of sessions, while nurturing a creative, nourishing space for the client to grow as their own advocate. I see my practice as one of “working through the body to address what is done to the body.’’ Working in the Global South for over a decade, I celebrate the capacity for movement to transcend cultural and language barriers and to connect with non/preverbal clients. I integrate practices such as circus, yoga, and crafts to celebrate the creative, reflective and moving self. In working through the body and movement, I hope to nurture a practice of body-embedded self-care, encouraging people to reflect on themselves as a tool for healing, strength and growth. Email:

Sally Denning, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 207-02

Melbourne and VIC

PhD (Education & Dance Therapy), 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, Adv Clinical Play Therapy, Certification in Choice Theory Counselling, Registered Play Therapist & Play Therapy Supervisor, Level I & II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Level I & II Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

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, Sally works therapeutically with children at the Australian Childhood Foundation, offering clinical interventions for 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. Privately, Sally offers dance movement therapy sessions to interested individuals and supervision to dance movement therapy practitioners who wish to reflect on their professional practice or build further understanding of how dance movement therapy can be applied in a trauma-informed way.
Mob: 0412 824 852 /


Jane Guthrie, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 198-01


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)

Jane 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, 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 / Email:


Elizabeth Loughlin, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 196-03


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 9482 9312 / Mobile SMS: 0400 556 766 / Email


Elizabeth Mackenzie, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 213-01

Surrey Hills, Boroondara, Melbourne

Diploma DMT IDTIA,

Director Moving Together, a community-based dance therapy program for mothers and babies in the City of Booroondara. Member of DTAA’s General committee from 2005 to 2018. 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 9836 7386 / Email:


Bouthaina Mayall, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. 207-01


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 Mordialloc.
Mob: 0428 270 399 / Email:


Teri McNeil, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-13


Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Graduate Diploma of Performing and Visual Arts (Dance Therapy), Certificate of Holistic Counselling, Accredited Open Floor Teacher.

Teri has been specialising in the field of intellectual and physical disabilities for over 15 years. She is currently running seven movement groups a week in this field. Her newest endeavour is teaching a women’s group called Saturday Sisters which is a mix of Open Floor Movement Practice and Creative Dance. Find out about her current offerings on her website

Ph: 0431 662 755 Email:



Susan Mullane, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 215-02

Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

PhD (Education) – DMT research; M. Ed. (DMT research); Grad Dip Movement and Dance; Grad Dip Special Education; B. Ed (Primary).

Sue is an experienced dance movement therapist and educator, who has worked with a focus on trauma and disability with adults and children in a variety of health, community, and educational settings in NSW and Victoria. For many years, Sue studied improvised movement under Al Wunder (Melbourne) which has imprinted in her a deep appreciation for what the art form can contribute to artistic, educational, and therapeutic processes. Her professional interests include articulating the contribution dance can make to the development of children with learning difficulties, and the assessment of this development. With Kim Dunphy, Sue devised MARA, the movement assessment and reporting app.


M: 0409 382 500


Mary Rose Nicol, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-04.


Dance Movement Therapist (Grad. Dip. Visual and Performance Arts RMIT), Jungian Analyst (Dip. Analytical Psych. ISAPZurich). Background in Nursing, Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health Nursing (Grad. Dip. Child and Family Health RMIT), Transpersonal Therapies (Living Water Center. NSW), and Counselling (Ma. Soc. Sci. ACAP).

Mary Rose has a Private Practice based in Ballarat and Melbourne. Her main area of work is with individual adults, both for therapy and personal / professional development. Bringing a Jungian/psychodynamic approach to issues experienced by clients – such as disturbing transitional change, creative blocks, or disorientation and loss of meaning related to physical or emotional suffering. Alongside DMT, verbal therapy and working with dreams, she has particular interest in authentic movement, sandplay and expressive arts. Mob. 0408 509 964 / Email


Sharon Paetzold, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-08

Melbourne CBD and Eastern Suburbs

Grad Dip Ment Hlth Sc.(Child, Adolescent & Family Therapies), Adv Cert Gestalt Therapy, BSW (Hons), Dip Soc. Sc., Leiterin fur therapeutischen Tanz, Integrative Tanztherapie (DMT, Germany)

Works as a psychiatric social worker and psychotherapist with children and adolescents in a community mental health setting and private practice. Special areas of interests include – depression and anxiety issues, body image problems and eating disorders trauma and abuse, mother/infant dyads – postnatal depression and attachment issues.
Mob: 0406 939 263 / Email: Website:



Natalie Poole, DTAA (Prof.DMT) Reg. No. 218-22

Melbourne inner north

Certified 5Rhythms Teacher, Solo Residency (VUT), Graduate Diploma Visual & Performing Arts (Dance Therapy RMIT), Bachelor Teaching (Hons), Bachelor Communications (Media)

Areas of interest: Health, well-being, personal growth and coaching; Somatic Repatterning – developmental movement, alignment, injury, efficiency and potency; Couples – heart centred intimacy; Women: Pregnancy, birth preparation and debriefing, mother and baby attachment; Menstruation Literacy; Archetypal Stories – sexual trauma and eating disorders; Children’s Development and expression; 5Rhythms as a tool for healing, growth and transformation. Natalie has experience working and running programs in schools and universities, clinical settings, detention centres, the community arts and dance studios. Natalie currently offers regular ‘Women’s Running with Wolves’ workshops, and weekly 5Rhythms sessions in Melbourne offering creative therapeutic dance, as well as regular workshops interstate and in Europe. Natalie also offers individual and couple sessions. Mob: +61416 177 679 Email: Web:


Jane Refshauge, DTAA(Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 207-03

Inner Melbourne

BA Psych, MFA Performance NYU, Adv.Dip. DMT IDTIA, MAPS, AUSTAT, STAT, PACFA reg.

Jane 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:


Maria Sangiorgi DTAA (Prof. DMT) – Reg. No. 218-19

Inner suburbs, Northern and Southern Suburbs of Melbourne, Available to travel anywhere.

Advanced Dip Dance Movement Therapy IDTIA; Certified Functional Analysis Practitioner – Institute of Functional Analysis (Body Centred Psychotherapy); Certificate in Soul Centred Counselling – Kiros Centre; Cert 4 Workplace Training and Assessment.

Specialist expertise: All level and abilities of physical and intellectual disabilities. All levels of mental health including schizophrenia, addiction, substance abuse, depression, eating disorders and body image. Maria is a Raqs Sharqi dancer and teacher; bringing elements of middle eastern dance into dance therapy. Maria works privately one on one and also with group in workshop and retreat settings, combining her skills in Dance Movement Therapy, Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Awareness, Authentic Movement, Continuum Movement, Sacred Dance, Art, and other life skills and experiences. She also works in Italy, Japan and Bali.
Mob: +61 419 523 710 / Email: Website:

Mary-Claude Vienet, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-07

Graduate Advanced Clinical Training DMT (IDTIA) and over 30 years of business background

Mary-Claude specializes in working with elderly and people with dementia. She facilitates group sessions in aged care programs organised through Council for people with dementia and their carer. Mary has also some experience working in small groups with adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Tel: 0420637840 Email:


Western Australia


New Zealand


Rebekah Williamson, Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 222-04
Auckland region, based in North shore, zoom available

BA Psychology/ Education
Cert (ACP) DMT

Bex comes with over 12 years of experience working in the disability sector. She has extensive experience working with people of all abilities including complex needs. She has worked with Children, Teens and Adults, in both group and individual settings. Her key populations are Teens and Adults, with a preference for group work in either a face to face setting or online. Growing up in New Zealand she has a rich respect for indigenous culture, which she endeavours to bring into her practice and teaching, while mindfully navigating her role as Tangata Tiriti.

Bex operates from a Social Model of health, with a critical perspective that recognises intersectionality and social systems as factors to be aware of when working with groups of people. Bex has experience working with mixed ability groups and utilises movement, art and music in groups, as carrier activities to support connection, relationship, social, emotional and life skills. A key consideration of her work is always ‘how can I make this accessible and meaningful to everyone present.’ Her current research thesis endeavour involves compassion. Her special interest areas are ADHD, intersections between mental health & disability and Dance Movement Therapy adaptions for wheelchair users. Her practice is influenced by her background in circus and performance arts. She is one of the trainers on the DMT Diploma course through Dance and Arts therapy NZ.

Telephone:+6421437101 Email:


Maud Gubbels, Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 221-02
All of Auckland, New Zealand

Bachelor of Creative Arts Therapy with specialism in Dance and Movement (Hogeschool Zuyd, Netherlands)

After 4 years of study in The Netherlands Maud started her journey as a Dance Movement Therapist, from working as a dance teacher to starting her own practice and offering DMT in different populations. She has worked with neurotypical children, teens and adults; elderly with dementia & Alzheimer; adults diagnosed with a personality disorder and/or depression and women who were affected by cancer. She provides DMT in groups and individual sessions. To continue the adventure of learning about DMT she moved to New Zealand and is currently working with DTNZ to gain experience in working with adults with disabilities, children with autism and other populations.

Telephone: +64220714072 Email:


Verity Larraman, Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 221-01
Auckland, New Zealand
(West and Central Auckland)

Cert in DMT, Adv Clinical Prac DMT (DTNZ) Yoga teacher certification (IYF) Massage (V.C.T.C.) Reiki Practitioner 1 and 2.

Verity empathetically combines her somatic training to expand wellness for individuals and in group sessions.
Areas of D.M.T. clinical experience: neurodiversity in children. Mothers and babies supporting attachment. Community based sessions for other abled adults with carers for fun and social connection. Teens experiencing depression and anxiety in schools. Children in state care. Children with caregivers in palliative care. Supporting wellness in neurotypical adults. Mentoring and now supervision for associate and provisional members of the DTAA online and in person. Approaches: Person centred, humanistic, positive psychology. Inspired by what drives the human spirit through adversity and encourages the potential to playfully journey within, connect with self, others and the world in which we choose to inhabit.
Telephone: 02 2658 3002 Email:


Doreen Lehmann, Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-11
Christchurch, Opawa, New Zealand
Christchurch and Canterbury Region

Cert in DMT, Adv Clinical DMT (DTNZ) Cert in Yoga Teacher (IYTA, NZ), Adv. Yoga Teacher (Donna Farhi),Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy

After receiving her qualification from the ‘International Yoga Teacher Association’ in 2006, Doreen began her movement career teaching yoga and working with people of different ages and many walks of life. Later she deepened her knowledge as a student of Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training in 2012. Subsequently, the study of Dance Movement Therapy became a natural extension. In the DMT training, she found a deeper understanding of our physical movement integrations as well as the psychology within our mental and emotional body. Since graduating from DTNZ and completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy Whitecliffe 2020. Doreen’s Body – Mind work provided many opportunities for a variety of populations. Currently, Doreen is active as a DMT therapist working with children through the “Stars”, “Dance 4 Us” and “Dance 4 All” program in Christchurch (DTNZ). Additionally, she provides DMT therapy, where she utilizes Arts Therapy within individual sessions at her home studio.

Mob: +64211264917 Email: website:

Ann Way, Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-07
Auckland, New Zealand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art, Vietnam), Master of Arts (Fine Art, UK), Diploma Certificate (Playcentre Early Childhood & Adult Education, NZ), Advanced Clinical Practicum (Dance Movement Therapy, NZ), Postgrad Diploma in Science (Psychology, NZ), Ann Way (aka Tran/Huynh Trieu An in Vietnamese)

Ann is a contemporary artist who uses the body as canvas and movement as the language to communicate with her audience/clients. Graduated as a performance and installation artist from the prestigious University for Creative Arts, Canterbury (UK) Ann had been exhibited her works and taught Art and Movements around EU, USA and SEA before relocated to New Zealand in 2014. As a researcher at the School of Psychology, University of Auckland, Ann’s current interests are various subjects from Behavioural Psychology, Community Psychology, Neuroscience Psychology to Dance Movement Therapy; Somatic Movement Education; Media, Communication and Visual Arts. Ann works in private practice since 2019, offering DMT and Authentic Movement sessions to children and adults with trauma history.

Emilia Rubio,
Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-05
Auckland, New Zealand

Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (TAE)
Professional Contemporary Dancer and Performer

Emilia is from Buenos Aires, Argentina – and currently based in Auckland.Post-graduate training in Dance Movement Therapy in BRECHA – Buenos Aires, Argentina. Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy in TAE – Lima, Peru. She studied to a professional level as a Contemporary Dancer and had been working as a professional dancer in a Contemporary Dance Company for 14 years in Buenos Aires. Emilia have been working as a performer in Touch Compass Dance Co, also she works collaboratively in research and many dance projects with choreographers in both countries. She currently leads Dance Movement Therapy programmes facilitating sessions for kids, youth and adults with special and high needs in Primary Schools Community centres and Arts studios.She is a dance tutor for inclusive dance community classes and in choreographic workshops in schools. Emilia offers private Dance Movement Therapy in both individual and group sessions for neurotypical Adults in English and Spanish languages. She centres her work combining movement –based with multimodal arts expressions.

Telephone: +64210406140


Sarah Paulino dos Santos (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-16
Auckland, New Zealand

Early Childhood Education Diploma, State of Berlin School for Social Education.
Educator for Integral Dance Therapy, Berlin Campus Naturalis.

Sarah is a Dance Movement Therapist and certified multilingual Early Childhood Educator who completed her studies and training in Berlin, Germany. During her 10 years of experience in a German bilingual school she worked with the integration of students coming from different countries and backgrounds including children with ASD, ADHD and neurological behaviour issues. It was here that Sarah discovered the importance of other forms of communication including body, dance and movement. After completing her Dance Therapy qualification, she has managed to combine her lifelong passion of dance and education through her Flow Dance Your Life programmes, conducting workshops and offering individual and group sessions with children, teenagers, people with special needs (i.e. autism) and women. Sarah is also working with DTNZ in Auckland specialising in group sessions focussed on children in the Autism Spectrum.

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Telephone: +64(0)22 4774934

Barbara Eberhart, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 218-26

Dunedin Otago South Island New Zealand

Certificate DMT, Auckland New Zealand; BA DMT, Munich Germany; Certificate Art Therapy, Hamilton New Zealand; Certificate Drama Therapy, Auckland New Zealand; Diploma in Teaching Special Needs, Graz Austria

Barbara did her main dance movement therapy training in Munich Germany at CITA in Integral Dance, Expression Therapy and Authentic Movement in 1993 and later in Auckland New Zealand at DTNZ in 2015. She studied and experienced working with all ages and abilities in different settings, including childcare, schools, health centres and nursing homes. Alongside her teacher Wilfried Guertler ( CITA) she built up a training school in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary to introduce and teach the positive effects of dance movement therapy. Before she came to New Zealand she taught and studied in India, USA, and Europe. Barbara works mainly in high schools where she set up group work in creative arts therapy using dance, movement, storytelling, arts and music for students with learn difficulties, intellectual,physical and mental disabilities. She offers workshops to different organisations to learn how to integrate dance movement therapy in their everyday work.

Organisation Name: Creative Action NZ Ltd Ph: 0064 278257760 Email:


Clare Etherton DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 219-06


Cert in DMT, Adv Clinical Prac DMT (DTNZ) BA Hons (1st class) Dance Studies, Post Grad dip in Teaching (Auckland Uni) Yoga teacher certification (RTA).

Clare is a dance movement therapist, yoga teacher, early childhood educator, forest school teacher and mother. Over the years, she has found joy and solace in movement practices and supports the premise that we can be bodyful, as well as mindful. Clare values non-verbal communication and the memories, wisdom, emotion and somatic knowing that our bodies hold and can directly and authentically express. Having studied ballet and contemporary dance at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, she continued to study Dance at Surrey University, Roehampton Institute in the UK. This love of somatic movement and communication, in particular sign language, enabled her to get involved in integrated community dance projects which lead to a career in service management, education and advocacy work within the Health and Disability sector in NZ. She has been teaching yoga and somatic movement for well over a decade and continues to seek out opportunities to study and learn from experienced therapists, teachers and movement practitioners. She is currently working as a dance movement therapist with neurotypical children and children and adolescents with ASD and ADHD in both clinical groups and individual settings. She also runs annual restorative movement retreats and offers individual sessions for adults. Email: Ph: 0211327992



Anne Hurst, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 219-03

Auckland, NZ

AthR, R.N, MAAT (clinical) MHSc, PGDip Mental Health, Advanced Certificate DMT.

Anne is an experienced, skilled, clinical arts and dance/movement therapist. I work with an integrative person centered, attachment and internal family systems approaches. With a 25 year background in mental health nursing and counselling and over 10 years years providing integrative arts and dance/movement therapy. Teaching in tertiary sector in Arts therapies and Dance Movement Therapy and in Private Practice with children, youth and adult mental health and trauma (ACC registered) and I also work with people with disabilities. I provide clinical supervision and Authentic Movement online courses. Email:


Elise Loh, (Prof. DMT) Reg. 220-02

Auckland NZ

M(Sc) in Psychology, Adv. Cert in DMT, PGDip Sc. Psych, B. Sc. Psych, Dip in Proj. Mgt, Dip. in Supervision

While practising Dance Movement Therapy intervention in my own private practice, I have a particular interest in researches and integration of embodiment mindfulness practice, positive behavioural support, and person-centred approaches for children, teens with autism and related disorders. I am currently working in special schools with children and in the health/disabilities sector in Aotearoa/New Zealand. My most recent project was looking at the implementation of preferences assessment in DMT for those with autism.

I am experienced in facilitating groups/workshops for parents and caregivers and provide sessions for those with mental health challenges (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, anger management). Over my free time, I enjoy reading a good book and spending quality time travelling with my loving partner.”

Mob: +64 220475565 Email: Website:


Jan McConnell, DTAA, (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 216-02

Northland New Zealand

PNZ (Physiotherapy New Zealand), PGDip Health Science (Expressive Therapies)

Jan is a dance movement therapist and physiotherapist. She is currently completing a Masters of Arts Therapy with a special interest in integrative dance therapy. Areas of experience include the fields of chronic illness and pain, mental health, child development and care of the elderly/dementia/palliative care. She is interested in the development of dance movement therapy through an allied health lens and is involved with several projects in partnership with the Northland DHB, Blind Foundation Northland and TBI Healthcare providing dance movement therapy in multi-disciplinary settings. She plans to continue her studies exploring the dance between arts and health and the development of the dance therapy profession within this. She provides creative movement, therapeutic dance/arts workshops and professional supervision to health professionals, community groups and health providers throughout New Zealand.
P: 021598114 Email:


Brigitte Puls, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 217-04

Northcote Point, New Zealand

Clinical Psychologist (NZ reg), Psychotherapist (NZ reg), Dances of Universal Peace cert leader (MDUPANZ), Supervisor (ATI cert.).

Brigitte works part time as a senior lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and in private practice. Her teaching and research interests focus on the practice of psychotherapy and the fostering of a holistic treatment approach that is based on and addresses human beings as embodied, moving, creative, relational and spiritual beings. In her private practice, Brigitte works (mainly long term) with children and adults both individually and in groups, integrating DMT, relational psychotherapy and modern approaches to healing the effects of trauma. Twice a year, she co-facilitates residential retreats that enhance participants’ authentic dance and creativity and deepens connections with their personal and spiritual essence; their experience of oneness and of their ’embeddeness’ in the natural world. Email:


Anaia Treefoot, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 216-04

Auckland, New Zealand

MA Clinical Arts Therapy, Registered Arts Therapist (ANZATA), ADTA Associate Member.

Anaia has completed 1-year DMT Internship with Dr. Suzi Tortora BC-DMT in New York. Trained 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 a Certificate program in Dance Movement Therapy in New Zealand. Tel: +64 21 184 9676 / Email: Website:


Jung-Hsu Jacquelyn Wan, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 216-05

Auckland, New Zealand & Taipei, Taiwan

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:

United Kingdom

Angela, Su Ling Leung, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg No. 218-01

Hertfordshire, London, UK

PhD (DMT), M Phil (DMT), M Soc. Sci. (Counselling), Grad Dip DMT (Wesley), B Ed. (ECU), Cert Sandplay Therapy, R-DMP UK RM2028

Angela is temporarily located in UK. She works as a dance movement therapist for groups or individuals at all ages. Her clients include children with special educational needs, autism and Down’s Syndromes, children with anxiety issues, elderly with dementia, women with breast cancer, female abuse victims, and adolescents associated with drug abusers in their families. Angela is enthusiastic in the areas of emotional regulation, relaxation, gaining body awareness and emotional awareness. She has developed DMT approach by integrating family therapy theories.

Mobile tel. +44 7873980088 / Email:



Alberto Lampa Dimarucut, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 213-02

Manila, Pampanga & Tarlac

Doctor of Social Development candidature (UPD), MS Human Movement Science (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 at the Aldimarucut Centre for Dance, Tarlac, and is available for Dance Movement Therapy seminars and workshops. He is also a licensed World ParaDancesport Trainee Classifier of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). He is a faculty member in the College of Human Kinetics – University of the Philippines, Diliman. Mobile: +63 949 818 7985; Email:

Guam, USA

E. Connor Kelly, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 204-01

Guam, Pacific

MA, BC-DMT, LPC, 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: +642206857, Mobile +64 02 7490 9729 / Email:


Steve Harvey, DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. No. 220-08

Guam, Pacific

BA. Humanities and Drama, Stanford University, 1971, MA Creative Arts Therapy, major in Dance Therapy, PhD, School Psychology and minor in Professional Psychology, University of Denver, 1981

Steve Harvey PhD, RPT/S, BC-DMT, RPT/S is currently doing consultations in schools and is an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology department at the University of Guam. Previously Steve worked as the Consultant Psychologist with CAMHS in New Plymouth, New Zealand. He also he worked as a Child Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Colorado, USA. Prior to becoming involved in the mental health profession, Steve was active in improvisational dramatic/dance performance and in Contact Improvisation. He and his wife Connor have developed and continue to practice Physical Storytelling. Besides being registered and licensed as a clinical and educational psychologist, Steve is a registered with the American Dance and Play Therapy Associations, and the North American Drama Therapy Association. He has been an active contributor in the integration of the expressive modalities. Steve helped pioneer the field of family play therapy and has published many chapters on this topic in major play therapy texts, as well as in publications by the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations. He is currently presenting and publishing arts-based research using Physical Storytelling in cross cultural contexts and is a frequent contributor to Moving On. Both he and Connor have developed and lead an ongoing project-Creative Dialogues-internationally to develop creative collaborations in response to the health crisis related to COVID 19.
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