Dance Movement Therapy
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"Movement is the Medium where Sensory Integration and Mindfulness Take Place"
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What is Dance Movement Therapy (DMT)?
According to DTAA, dance movement therapy is the relational and therapeutic use of dance and movement to further the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and cultural functioning of a person.
Dance movement therapy is based on the empirically-supported unity of body and mind.
It recognizes that change and growth in one support change and growth in the other.
Dance movement therapists combine the elements of dance, movement systems, creative processes, and psychological and scientific theories, to address the specific needs of groups and individuals.
Dance Movement Therapists Role includes:
appreciate the therapeutic value of aesthetic and artistic experience of dance
understand the interrelationship of the physical, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of human behaviour
use their skills in movement observation and analysis to assess individuals, develop and evaluate therapeutic programs
recognise body movement as the basis of human interaction and communication
are trained in counselling skills and group facilitation
design and implement programs for diverse client groups.
Mission and Vision
Happy Little Therapy was formed to provide quality therapeutic experience and enlightenment delivered to every individual and families with a sense of empathy, understanding, friendliness, and honesty.
To provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for individuals to express and work on their individual needs/goals.
We envision to provide culturally competent and holistic services that
upholds the growth of individuals with learning and socio-emotional development
promote individual movement expressions and physical fitness
address the behavioural challenges in children and individuals
support parents and caregivers of individuals with additional needs
prevent the development of mental health issues among families and in society
Delivering individualized sessions that fit into different families needs,
believing strongly that every individual is unique and deserves a supportive environment to grow.
Hi! I'm Elise!
And I'd like to dance with your child!
Dance Movement Therapist / Mental Health Coach
DTAA (DMT Prof) Reg.No. 220-02, Adv. Clin. Prac. in DMT (DTNZ),
PGDip(Sc) in Psych (ABA), B(Sc) Applied Psych (Hons)
My journey began after graduating from a Bachelor in Applied Psychology (Hons) in 2012.
I started as a Behavioral Therapist implementing Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention (EIBI)
alongside children on the Autism Spectrum with learning difficulties at EAPM.
I furthered my training in Dance Movement Therapy following with Postgraduate Diploma (Sc) in Psych (ABA)
(Behavioral Science) at the University of Auckland.
Through practical experiences, I began to recognize that there is a gap between the interventions for children who are on the Autism Spectrum. Yet there is an interconnection between both the external environment and individual needs.
A culturally competent and holistic intervention in promoting growth,
connections and social-emotional development are crucial.
The current project I am working on is to incorporate
Preference Assessments in Dance Therapy among children with Autism Spectrum and other related disorder,
looking at the effectiveness of both DMT and Applied Behavioral approaches.
AREA OF PRACTICE
Integrated dance movement therapy with positive behavioural support as a part of early interventions
for children with learning difficulties or individuals with additional needs.
Particularly interested in the integration of Mindfulness techniques, Creative Movement Psychotherapy,
Positive Behavioral Support, Pivotal Response Treatment, Relational Development Intervention,
Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Psycho-therapeutic Counseling, and Person-Centered Approaches.
Also experienced in coaching and counselling support for adults encountering mental health challenges, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, anger issues in different aspects of life.
Online Consultation via Zoom/Skype Support services are also available.
For more information:
Mob: +6422 047 5565
"If you look deep enough, there is good in everything."