Janice Ward is a graduate of the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. After many years of teaching dance and drama she became interested in the use of the arts as a therapeutic medium embodying the concept of the mind/body connection to promote personal health and wellbeing.
In 2008 she gained a Post Graduate Diploma in the Application of the Arts in Therapy and Education at IATE in London where she studied Gestalt Therapy and Transactional Analysis.In 2013 she completed an M.A in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy through Canterbury Christchurch University. Her Research Dissertation explored the efficacy of using Dance Movement Psychotherapy in supporting adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the context of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and gave invaluable insights into the effects of trauma on child development.
Janice tailors interventions to suit an individual’s needs. She has extensive experience of working with diverse populations of clients of all ages and abilities and from different cultural backgrounds. Her work includes projects with Women and Childrens’ Groups. Janice feels passionately about the use of the arts as a therapeutic medium. 
She is also a qualified complimentary therapist specializing in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.
She is a member of the ADMP UK and Arts and Health South West. She has a current DBS and Personal and Civil Liability Insurance cover.

 

Claire Harkin is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with many years experience in dance, both performing and teaching. After completing a BA Hons Performance: Dance degree in 2010 she continued on to complete a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) 2013 from Canterbury Christchurch University.
Teaching dance to groups with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, children in foster care and young mothers led her to question as a practitioner what more she could provide for these groups through dance. Realising the potential that dance could have on health and wellbeing she wanted to explore this further. This is where she discovered Dance Movement Psychotherapy. The creativity and use of movement teamed with the links to psychology and neuroscience really inspired her to push forward with her work. Her interest in the link between the body and the brain brought her to her research subject in 2013 – ‘The Rhythm of Life - Could rhythmical interventions used in DMP have the potential to improve cognitive function in those with Dementia?’
Claire  approaches her work with lots of positive energy and believes strongly in following the needs of the client/student and the importance of developing a stable relationship.
Dance styles Claire has worked with – Contemporary, Musical Theatre, African, CanCan, Irish, Street, Zumba.
Claire is a member of the ADMP UK, Foundation of Community Dance and Arts and Health South West. She has a current DBS and has Personal and Civil Liability Insurance.