Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada
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.
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 is completing her DMT training through the Alternate Route in combination with sensorimotor psychotherapy. She works full-time as a health educator and training specialist in post-secondary education. She 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 be a potent form of mindfulness beyond sitting meditation. She has completed her Masters in Dance at York University.
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.
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.
Mila is a graduate of the American Dance Therapy Association's Alternate Route Program and is currently working towards R-DMT certification. She is a PhD student and somatic educator at York University in Toronto, where her research focuses on dance as a psychotherapeutic modality and integrated health intervention more broadly. She facilitates dance in educational and institutional settings with various populations from youth with multiple exceptionalities to elders living with neurodegenerative conditions. Dance is transformative and awakening because of its multimodal, improvisational, relational, expressive, embodied nature. This is the primary intervention Mila works with. She is an Authentic Movement practitioner and believer in an eco-kinetic approach to healing and transformation. Her current developing practice is influenced by the Embodying Nature practices of Jamie McHugh.
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.