Dance Therapy NZ

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Dance Therapy NZ (DTNZ) is a registered Charitable Trust. Our Mission Statement is to support and empower individuals and groups in Aotearoa/NZ through the use of Dance Movement Therapy and Arts Therapy, with a focus on those with disabilities, special needs, and at risk/low-income communities.

To achieve our mission, we are working hard to deliver programmes and projects which support vulnerable communities through therapeutic support and empowerment through the creative arts.

We are a team of Professionals who value Creativity, Connection, Nurturing, Growth, Integrity and Collaboration.

Dance Therapy NZ offers a wide range of therapeutic programmes for children, young people, adults, and families. These include: Dance 4 Us (Dance Therapy for Adults with disabilities and special needs); Arts 4 Us (Arts Therapy for children from low-income areas in Oranga and Otahuhu/Mt Wellington); STARS (Dance Movement Therapy for children and young people with Autism, and other special needs) in North Shore, Mt Albert, Pakuranga and Onehunga; and Arts 4 Us Specialty (Art Therapy for children and young people with Autism, and other special needs).

We also offer supervisory, training, and professional consultation services to Professionals working in related areas, including Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Special Education services, Disability services and other Health Professionals.

Our Team consists of senior therapists who have been trained as Dance Movement Therapists Internationally, therapists who have completed or are completing Clinical Arts Therapy training in New Zealand specialising in Dance Movement Therapy, and Dance Education Specialists who specialise in the area of disability and dance.

We are available for Outreach Services in Schools, Early Childhood Centres, Disability Groups, Community Mental Health Centres, Older Adult Centres, and other Health, Disability, Mental Health, and Education Settings.

We endeavour to provide services to the community regardless of access to financial resources. We rely on a variety of funding sources, such as grants, donations and fundraising, as well as session fees. We assist clients and families to access funding sources directly to subsidise our services.

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Dance Therapy NZ, is an Auckland-based charitable trust that aims to empower individuals & groups in Aotearoa/NZ through the use of Dance Movement Therapy and Arts Therapy.

DTNZ offers a wide range of therapeutic services for children, young people, adults, and families, focusing on those with disabilities, special needs, and at risk/low income areas.


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Here are a few gems about the transformative nature of our programmes!  26 October 2016

Posted by: Dance Therapy NZ

“A man in his 30s with severe autism used to jump out of the Dance 4 Us group and was very resistant to eye contact, staying on the very edge of the group and not talking to anyone. Now not only does he sit in the group and say people’s names, at a recent session he shot out of his chair, took the therapist’s hands and danced with her in front of the group!”

“A 16-year-old boy with ASD and high anxiety who attended the Arts 4 Us Specialty programme has found art to be a ‘go- to’ tool to help soothe himself and decrease his social anxiety. He is now using artmaking to help him manage his anxiety both within and outside the art therapy group, with less incidences of problematic behaviour from him at school.”

“A seven-year-old girl with severe anxiety issues started with one-on-one dance movement therapy sessions, then later joined a STARS programme. She was initially very shy at circle time at school and not able to speak up. After being in STARS for more than a year, she now responds to people when they greet her, has more peer interactions and is even able to stand up and read in front of her class!”

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