Currently on sabbatical volunteering with VSA in Timor Leste. I am working with a mental health NGO called PRADET as a mentor for the creative arts and dance.
Check out my blog on my website to see what I am up to until the end of the year.
I believe that you don’t have to be an artist or dancer to express something that is almost impossible (and often painful) to put into words, you just have to have a go. I have my many years of experience working therapeutically with people and a huge range of resources available to draw upon. More recently I have trained in Open Floor movement practice and offer Therapy in Motion to people who want to blend and integrate a body (bottom up) approach with a mind (top down) approach, using the wisdom of their own physical experience in the therapeutic encounter.
I have built an eclectic mix of skills and incorporate the creative into whatever work I do. I have extensive experience working with sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, and self harm, with families, adolescents, children and groups. I am a registered ACC provider.
I have a private practice at my own studio in Lyttelton. I facilitate dance classes and workshops in Open Floor movement practice. I run art and dance workshops in Christchurch exploring common themes of being alive and embracing your humanity.
I offer individual sessions; group work; and supervision for counsellors.
And I especially appreciated how long the lie-down with stillness and meditative space was! Yum, and it took me to an insightful place, due to the time allowed. ~ Rory
Jan, I just wanted to say a personal ‘thank you’ for what you gave us at the weekend.
I found the movement workshop profound in its simplicity, moving (in several senses!), deeply provocative in terms of my own thinking. Way outside my normal comfort zone, I would have thought, but actually deeply comfortable in its safety while also deeply challenging from that basis of safety. I’m still thinking (feeling?) it, and not just in my knees. Especially how it experientially enlivened – and deepened -- for me some difficult ‘Gestalt’ issues about boundaries... ~ Daniel
Hi Jan, I really enjoyed the embody group experience. It allowed me enough time dancing to start to settle in and feel the benefits of this work. I love it!!! Thank you. ~ Kate
Tending to your inner fire', the Open Floor workshop beautifully led by Sybille and Jan had the effect of a reset button on me. Our bodies know the answer and the dance certainly revealed many insights during the weekend. I feel energised, centred, and with a fresh set of resources to take me ahead, towards my life goals. Both Sybille and Jan nurture a safe space for each and one of the participants to explore our inner selves, share with and learn from each other. Highly recommended. ~ Babu
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