In group therapy sessions we will address themes that are specific to the group, using the group as a source of support while creating a safe and contained place to develop resources and skills in communication and social interaction.
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. Since we will be working within a therapeutic framework, the boundaries in place allow group members to explore and rehearse different patterns of relating in safety and without fear of judgement, while having the added benefit of feedback from other group members.
In a group therapy session, 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 DMP therapy group include: creative movement, the use of props to facilitate movement experiences, mirroring explorations to foster empathy, the use of music or rhythmical group dances, and group discussions.
The group program will be constantly developing to meet the needs and interest of the community. Our current program includes:
This weekly group 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.
There is room in this group for three more participants! We will be having a free trial session on January 14th for potential new members to try it out and meet other members to see if it’s a good fit for them. After this the group’s membership will be closed for eight weeks to allow the group to develop an identity and sense of safety. The following free trial session will take place in March 2018.
The cost is $175 for eight sessions – that’s $25 per week plus one free week, or $25 per session for drop-ins. Payment can be made in person by cash or cheque or by e-transfer in advance.
Dance Movement Therapy for Seniors:
Jessica also facilitates a weekly group through the Afghan Women’s Organization. The group is specifically targeted towards senior Afghan women who have immigrated to Canada. Translation is offered in Dari and Pashto.
This group will focus on using creative movement and dance to reduce stress and isolation, and offer a safe and accepting community to support your physical, emotional, and mental health. For more information, please see the attached poster.
If you are interested in joining this group, please contact the Afghan Women’s Organization, Scarborough location, at (416) 266-1777.