Diploma Trainers

During the Diploma Training year, we have Core Trainers, and then bring NZ guests in to teach.  Please see below for further information regarding our varied and knowledgeable Teachers. Bios and photos coming soon!

Training Advisor

 MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnaia Treefoot, AThR, MA AT Clin., DTAA Associate, ADTA Associate, DTNZ Director

Anaia Treefoot is a Dance Movement Therapist and Arts Therapist, based in Auckland. Anaia’s clinical background includes working with children with emotional and behavioural challenges, developmental delays, physical disabilities, Autism, Attention-deficit disorder, and other special needs; gifted children; Paediatric Cancer Patients; Women’s Groups; clients with depression, anxiety and stress; teens with Eating Disorders; adults seeking personal growth and self understanding; and young children and their parents.
Anaia holds a Masters in Clinical Arts Therapy from Whitecliffe College, is an Associate Member of the Dance Therapy Association Australia, and an Associate Member of the American Dance Therapy Association. Anaia completed a year of intensive Postgraduate Dance Movement Therapy Training in New York with Senior Dance Movement Therapist, Dr. Suzi Tortora. Anaia has trained extensively overseas in Authentic Movement, Laban/Bartenieff, Soul MotionTM Dance, Halprin Life/Art Process, Mindfulness Practice and Gestalt Awareness Practice. Anaia is also a long-time student of The 5RhythmsTM.

Core Trainers

Jacquelyn (Jung-Hsu) Wan, MA, R-DMT (ADTA), CDT (TDTA), DTAA Associate

Jacquelyn is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist based in Auckland, working with both individuals and groups, with a specialty in children with emotional disturbances, interaction-relation issues, ASD, ADHD, and trauma issues; adults with mental health issues, and disabilities; individuals seeking personal growth and self-care through body-mind integration. Her theoretical approaches are psychoanalytic, client-centered, and humanistic therapy.
Jacquelyn earned her Masters in Dance Movement Therapy at Drexel University in the United States, and was trained in Applied Psychology in Taiwan. She served as a member of executive board in Taiwan Dance Therapy Association and has established several dance therapy programs in Taipei, Taiwan. She has worked in the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

Anne Hurst, AThR, MAAT (clin), MHSC, R.N. ANZATA. CTAA. DTAA.

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Anne has been working for over 10 years in arts/dance movement therapies in  mental health settings, and privately. Anne works with individuals and groups,  youth and adults – specialising in complex trauma, eating disorders, Authentic Movement and complex disability. Anne combined a lifetime of creative dance and a career in  mental health, completing her Masters in Health Science (Expressive Therapies) in 2010 and an MA in Clinical Arts Therapy (Dance Movement Therapy specialisation) in 2011. Anne is on the steering committee of CTAA and has presented at CTAA, DTAA, ANZATA and NZAC Conferences. Anne also teaches creative therapies on the counselling degree programme at MIT (Auckland) and supervises students at Whitecliffe College’s MA Arts Therapy programme.

Guest NZ Trainers

E. Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPCConnor Kelly Bio-profile

Dance/movement therapist working with head-injured adults and a small private practice in New Plymouth, New Zealand, experiences with developmentally disabled adults, frail elderly, children and families. Studies and facilitates Authentic Movement (30 years), Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mapping and Physical Storytelling, (co-created Dr Steve Harvey). Lived in four countries and taught in various Dance/Movement Therapy Programmes including presenting at numerous conferences. Authored and co-authored several articles and supervises students and professional dance/movement therapists. Contributed to various community dance projects/performances. A La Leche League Leader for 20 years, the past 11 years in New Zealand helping to accredit new leaders and review books. New Zealand College of Midwives, Consumer Reviewer for 8 years for both Midwifery Standards Review and First Year of Practice Reviews. Yoga instructor.

Amanda Levey Bio-profileAmanda Levey, MA AT, BA(Hons) Psych, Registered Psychologist, AThR

Amanda studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently trained extensively in the Halprin Method in the USA. This model is an integration of movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques and therapeutic practices. She gained her MA in arts therapy at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked extensively in movement-based arts therapy for over 20 years. For many years in her training with Anna Halprin Amanda participated in performance and environmental work Recently she has been co-creating public participatory performances in which participants and passers-by are encouraged to work collaboratively find their own expressiveness.  She has also collaborated with artists to ‘activate’ their work by encouraging the public to participate. Amanda is the vice-president of ANZATA and is the Director of the MA AT (Clinical) programme at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. She has presented at conferences and symposia in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Korea.

Dr. Steve Harvey, PhD, BC-DMT, RPspeaker_SteveHT-S

Steve Harvey is a clinical psychologist currently working with children, adolescents, and their families in the New Zealand public health service. He is a board certified dance/movement therapist (ADTA), and a registered play therapist/supervisor with Association of Play Therapy. He has published extensively on the use of physical play with families and children and was a pioneer in the field of family play therapy.

speaker_BrigittePBrigitte Puls, NZAP, CTAA, DUPANZ, Clin. Psycho, Clin. Movement Therapist (EAG)

Brigitte Puls is a clinical psychologist (NZ reg. psych., clinical scope of practice), clinical movement-dance psychotherapist (EAG, MCTAA, MDUPANZ (cert.) and psychotherapist (NZ reg., MNZAP). Part-time senior lecturer at AUT University, teaching in the areas of creative-expressive therapies, psychotherapy and child and adolescent mental health. Brigitte practices private practice for individual adults, children and adolescents. Her areas of special interest are movement-dance group psychotherapy and holding holistic healing retreats and workshops that enhance participants’ natural dance, their creativity, their personal and spiritual essence as well as meeting their needs for being in a healing and healthy relationship with others and with nature.

Guest International Trainers

Dra. Christina Devereaux Bio-profileDr. Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC

Christina Devereaux serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England where she formulated the first ever dance/movement therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders Study Group.  In addition she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in the Department of Creative Arts Therapy and is on the faculty at Inspirees, a training program for dance/movement therapy in China. She has also served on the Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University, as a Thesis Chair at Naropa University, taught modern dance courses at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has guest lectured at New York University.
Christina received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology from The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute where her research emphasis was on mothers’ experiences in early interaction with their children who developed autism. She received her Master’s Degree in dance/movement therapy from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has extensive clinical experience with a variety of populations including children with severe emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorders, physical disabilities, victims of abuse and neglect, families in crisis, adults with mental illness and dual diagnosis, and supporting healthy attachment for mother/infant dyads.

Tortora Suzi Bio-profileDr. Suzi Tortora, Ed. D, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC

Dr. Tortora is a board certified dance movement therapist, Laban Nonverbal Movement Analyst, and specialist in the field of infancy mental health and development. Her expertise in early childhood development and the importance of early relationships inform her psychotherapeutic work across the life span. Dr. Tortora has a private dance movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson, New York. Dr. Tortora offers training programs and lectures about her dance therapy and nonverbal video analysis work with infants, children and families, at national and international professional meetings and universities.
She is on the board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network.
Dr Tortora has been featured on “Good Morning America” and Eyewitness Five-O’Clock News, WABC –TV; Women’s Day magazine; highlighted in Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article and book titled What the Dog Saw and other adventures; has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work with children, parent-infant dyads, and Autism Spectrum Disorders; has twice been guest editor of the Zero to Three Journal; and has a book with Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company titledThe Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children.
Dr. Tortora graduated with honors from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development Tufts University specializing in child development, education and psychology; received her dance movement therapy masters degree at New York University; and her doctorate with a specialization in infancy/early childhood development, psychology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She has done extensive study and training in the field of infancy and early childhood research, development, education, communication and intervention through the Zero to Three Institute and Dr. Stanley Greenspan. She has studied Authentic Movement with Janet Adler & Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Dr Tortora is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst, and Kestenberg Movement Profiler.


Joan Wittig, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT

Joan is an established dance therapist in US. She is currently the Director of Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program in the Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Department, at Pratt Institute. Joan has 24 years of clinical experience and 16 years of teaching experience. She served on the Approval Committee of the ADTA from 2005 till 2010.

Joan made a significant contribution in the effort to get creative arts therapy as a professional licensed in New York State. Her work has been recognized with an Outstanding Service Award from the ADTA in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Art Therapy Association in 2003. Since 2010, Joan has been involved with the dance therapy training program development in China with Inspirees, and has travelled often to China to teach in our professional courses as well as many workshops.