In group therapy sessions we will address themes that are specific to the members, using the group as a source of support while creating a safe and containing place to develop resources and learn more about how we impact and are impacted by others.
The therapy group becomes a type of social microcosm, where members of the group come to represent the various types of people or relationships in your life and the boundaries in place allow group members to explore different patterns of relating without fear of judgement, while having the added benefit of feedback from the other group members.
Members of the group take on many different and ever-shifting roles – witness, protector, mirror, leader, support, instigator, peacemaker, or cheerleader, to name a few. As the group forms an identity, members begin to trust the safety of the group and feel more at ease taking risks, whether that means sharing something vulnerable, trying out a new style of relating, or bringing more of themselves to the group space.
In DMT group sessions, we will often begin with a verbal/movement check-in, followed by a group warm-up, movement exploration around specific themes (individually, in pairs, or as a group), verbal reflection, and a group ending. Some things you might find in a DMT therapy group include: creative movement, the use of props to facilitate movement experiences, vocalizing, mirroring explorations to foster empathy, the use of music or rhythmical group dances, and group discussions. To learn more about DMT group work, check out this blog post.
The group program will be constantly developing to meet the needs and interest of the community. We are currently offering:
Facilitated by Jessica Houghton (RP qualifying), this 10 week Dance Movement Psychotherapy group offers participants a chance to deepen their relationship with their body, needs, and self-care practice.
Through accessing the wealth of information available to us in our bodies, we can start to get in touch with what we need, and offer ourselves the chance to have those needs met. Together we will begin the process of holding ourselves with compassion, practice listening to our body’s cues, and develop our ability to ask for what we need from others.
Jessica’s approach uses dance as a medium for self-discovery, allowing participants to expand their awareness of their patterns of moving and relating and find ways to access their creative impulses towards healing.
When: Thursdays from March 28th-May 30th, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: The Healing Collective, 2005 Danforth Ave.
How much: $300*
To register email movingtogetherDMP@gmail.com.
*There will be two partially subsidized spaces available for this group. Please get in touch if you would like to participate in this group and would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of enrolment.
*This group is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an email to movingtogetherDMP@gmail.com.
This weekly group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm and offers a safe space where women, and anyone who identifies as female and relates to women’s issues, can come together to find support and empowerment through creative movement and dance. Using dance as a medium for self-discovery, we will expand our awareness of our internal worlds and get to know our patterns of moving and relating, both in dance and in life. The group will provide a space to explore, grow, and find acceptance, wherever you are in your journey.
The cost is $200 for eight sessions – that’s $25 per session – to be paid at the beginning of each eight week time period. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque or by e-transfer in advance, and payment plans are available upon request for those who are struggling financially.