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 DMP 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 DMP 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 DMP group work, check out this blog post.
The group program will be constantly developing to meet the needs and interest of the community. I am currently offering:
*These groups are currently recruiting new members! Please email me at movingtogetherDMP@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.
Weekly DMP process groups take place in 12 week terms on Thursday and Friday evenings. These groups offer a safe space where you can bring your strength, vulnerability, hopes, and needs, and deepen your relationship with yourself and others in an embodied and creative way. Using dance as a medium for self-discovery, the process groups are a place to explore your personal growth, receive support, and access your creative impulses towards healing. The groups will provide a space to explore, reflect, and find acceptance, wherever you are in your journey.
Friday groups take place at Toronto Yoga Co (1768 Danforth Ave) from 7:30 to 9:30pm, starting September 27th.
Thursday groups will take place at a central location (TBC) from 7:00 to 9:00pm, starting at the end of September.
The cost for the groups will be $480* for 12 sessions. Membership will be closed (no new members once the term starts) and there will be a maximum of 8 people per group. These groups are for adults ages 20 and up.
*There will be two partially subsidized spaces available for this group. Please get in touch if you would like to participate and would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of enrolment.
This weekly Dance Movement Psychotherapy group will offer adolescents age 10-14 a safe space to explore their experience of anxiety through creative, embodied and mindful movement. Together we will find ways of being with, expressing, and releasing anxiety, accessing support, and developing skills and resources for emotional regulation and grounding. This group will also offer developmentally relevant education on anxiety, stress, and the nervous system.
There will be a free trial session on September 24th (5:15-6:30pm) for anyone interested in joining the group, as well as their parents, to learn more about DMP and get a feel for what the group will be like.
The weekly groups will take place Tuesdays from 5:15pm-6:30pm from October 8th – December 10th at The Healing Collective (2005 Danforth Ave).
The cost for the group will be $375 for 10 sessions. Membership will be closed (no new members once the group starts) and there will be a maximum of 6 participants. This group is for adolescents age 10 to 14.
Images by Zurry Donevan.