About me:

(She/Her Pronouns)

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying), Dance Movement Therapist, educator, and dance artist, and have been working in private practice for two years. I completed my Master of Arts in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK, where I researched the potential benefits of DMT for survivors of sexual trauma, and worked in adult and childhood mental health in both hospital and community settings.

I am a firm believer in the transformative power of dance and movement. Having spent over twenty years of my life studying, performing, and teaching dance, I have experienced on a deep level the immense benefits that dance can have on a person’s physical, emotional, and psychological wellbeing. I am committed to facilitating this therapeutic dance experience for others and offering my clients a supportive space where they can feel free to explore the richness of their internal world through embodied creative movement.

Here at The Healing Collective I am happy to offer individual and group therapy services, and also offer workshops, groups, and talks at other locations across the city.

Alongside my DMT work, I am an active member of the Toronto dance community through performing, teaching, and taking classes, and an avid gardener. I have studied many physical practices alongside dance, including yoga, contact improvisation, martial arts, and Feldenkrais technique. My work as a dance artist continues to influence my therapeutic work, just as my work in DMT has offered new depth into my explorations as an artist.

My approach:

Developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is at the heart of how I practice, and I aim to tailor my approach to meet the needs of my clients. We will work together to find a way of working that feels safe, creative, and effective, and incorporate the elements Dance Movement Therapy that best suit you. Using a body and movement based approach helps me better attune to your needs and respond to all of the layers of communication that take place in a session – not just what’s being said verbally.

As a Dance Movement Therapist, I believe in the interconnection between the body, mind, and emotions, and that the three constantly influence each other. Because of this connection, any changes that happen in your movement vocabulary or physical experience are also reflected in changes in emotional or psychological states, and vice versa. In our sessions, we make use of this connection through bringing awareness to existing patterns, and exploring how we can shift the patterns that may be hindering your growth.

I also am supported by theories from developmental, feminist, somatic, existential, and psychodynamic psychotherapies, as well as research from neuroscience and trauma theory, and use movement analysis techniques such as Laban Movement Analysis and the Kestenberg Movement Profile.

For more information about me or DMT, please visit my website at www.moving-together.ca.

Professional memberships:

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a professional member of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada.

Availability:

Individual therapy: Tuesday afternoons

Group therapy: Tuesday evenings (7:00-8:30) – please inquire as group membership is near capacity

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Name:Jessica Houghton

Phone: 647-237-9722

Speciality Dance Movement Therapy, adult mental health, trauma, individual and group therapy

Degree Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy