The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the entire direction of the Association. Each Board member commits to a 2-year mandate when elected into their position, and becomes the head of at least one committee. Elections are held every 2 years at DMTAC’s annual general meeting.
Meet The Team
Jessica is a Registered Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist, educator, and dance artist working in private practice in Toronto, where she offers individual and group therapy, as well as educational and personal development workshops. She completed her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK, where she researched the benefits of DMT for survivors of sexual trauma, and worked in adult and childhood mental health in hospital, community and school settings. Jessica's passion is to create supportive spaces where clients can access their embodied intuition and explore the richness of their internal world through creative movement. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of dance and movement, and is committed to supporting the development of DMT as a profession in Canada.
Shaila has completed DMT training through the Alternate Route program at the NCDT. She is practicing as pre-licenced therapist combining somatics and sensorimotor psychotherapy. Shaila enjoys offering body-based movement and dance workshops to allow for creative explorations focusing on embodying resiliency and accessing innate pleasure and sensuality as a form of empowerment. Her teaching style incorporates anti-oppressive and a trauma-informed lens. Shaila also likes to provide practical ways that movement can support our nervous-system regulation as well as be a potent form of mindfulness beyond sitting meditation. She has completed her Masters in Dance at York University.
Membership Committee Chair
Justine is a graduate student at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and is completing her dance/movement therapy training through the Alternate Route, a division of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She is in the process of completing certification training with the Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (ATTCH), and is a student member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). As she begins her psychotherapy practice as a pre-licensed professional under supervision this year, she looks forward to integrating bottom-up with top-down modalities within an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, trauma-informed, and relational framework. Justine is particularly interested in issues related to self-concept, shame, family systems, trauma and attachment. She is passionate about the ways in which the nervous system impacts mental health and wellbeing; and as such, in her role as a dance/movement therapist, hopes to incorporate a focus on internal and external resourcing as a tool to balance nervous system regulation and nurture resilience.
Accreditation Committee Chair
Sandra is completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and the Alternate Route dance/movement therapist training offered by the National Centre of Dance Therapy in Montreal. She recently obtained Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) designation from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Sandra ascribes to the philosophy that movement allows for healing by bypassing the complexities inherent in verbal and cognitive interpretations of emotion. What emerges from movement is a fully authentic embodied experience that can be woven into a therapeutically-productive and holistic narrative. Sandra has led mindful movement sessions for people presenting with a wide variety of comorbid conditions, including geriatric in-patients in a psychiatric setting, forensic clients and those from chronically underserved and marginalized communities. Sandra engages in a client-led, trauma-informed and anti-oppression practice that celebrates a client’s strength, skill and resilience.
IDEA Committee Chair
Joscelyn is a Registered Social Worker and graduate of the Alternate Route program in DMT from The National Centre for Dance Therapy. Joscelyn has been in the role of a psychotherapist for 8 years and started her own practice in 2018. The focus of her therapeutic work is around supporting members of the 2SLGBTQ+ and polyamory/non-monogamy community, with their struggles around mental health, coming out, gender expression, gender identity and navigating the trans-healthcare system. Joscelyn uses a trauma-informed, Affirmation Therapy approach, while incorporating modalities that include mind-body connections, such as Somatic Experiencing and DMT. As a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Joscelyn also provides training around
2SLGBTQ+ inclusion practices and Affirmation Therapy, and advocates for systemic change from an anti-racist and anti-colonialist perspective.
Elizabeth is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Dance/Movement
Therapist. She completed her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counselling:
Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she completed research examining the history of DMT in Canada. Currently, Elizabeth is working for an organization supporting military families. She has experience doing contract and consult work through private practice. She has worked with a wide variety of populations including older adults, youth and teens on the autism spectrum, families of children on the autism spectrum and college aged students with special needs. Elizabeth has worked both with individuals and groups.
With further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Elizabeth holds an eclectic theoretical stance with a focus on Person-Centred and Solution-Focused therapies combined with Chacian dance/movement therapy approach. Elizabeth is also a member of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and an ad-hoc reviewer for the American Journal of Dance Therapy.
Secretary/ Accreditation Committee
Marlene has had an eclectic career in dance; not for profit organizations; government at the municipal and provincial levels; and is now consulting with not for profit organizations on grant writing, strategic planning and organizational development. Marlene is eagerly embarking on her next career in dance/movement therapy, working in Thunder Bay in the areas of women's psychoeducation and grief.
Megan is a registered psychotherapist/dance movement psychotherapist in private practice offering both individual and group work. The focus of her private practice is the integration of dance movement therapy and sensorimotor psychotherapy in the treatment of trauma, developmental injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Megan knows that a cohesive and strong national association is essential for the development of DMT in Canada. She would like to contribute her experience co-founding DMTO and serving on other boards to the DMTAC/ATDMC board. She believes increased collaboration between regions will help us move closer to our common goals.