Winnie Wong, MS, R-DMT, LCAT, Jamie Yasgur, MS, R-DMT, LP-CAT, Sarah Lannon, MS, R-DMT and Orit talk about their experiences as relatively new dance/movement therapists. Themes about professional identity, work-life balance, and self-forgiveness often come up throughout the discussion. Even if you’re not a DMT, you will certainly be able to relate as a new or seasoned professional in another field.
Winnie M. Wong is a full-time dance/movement therapist in adult inpatient psychiatry at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. During her masters training at Pratt Institute, she worked with children in an integrative population, adolescents and forensics, with all-male inmates. She is interested in how her work could intersect with the Juvenile Justice population. Before graduate school, she worked in non-profit arts administration for six years.
Jamie Yasgur is a dance/ movement therapist at an educational and residential facility for individuals with disabilities, including medical frailties and autism. Jamie has previously worked in long and short term geriatric care facilities and a social day program for LGBT elders. She has also provided workshops for adolescents and young women surrounding issues of identity and sexuality, and is certified to practice Authentic Movement.
Sarah Lannon is a Dance/Movement Therapist in the Bay Area. Currently, she works with women undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol dependency and individuals who are suffering from chronic pain and disability. Before moving to California Sarah lived in NYC and ran a dance therapy program for children with disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School in Alberston, NY.
*Mirroring is the starting point of how dance/movement therapists relate to each patient. Mirroring requires a dance therapist to be completely present in the therapeutic relationship by following the shape, quality, and essence of the feeling behind a patient’s movement. Mirroring is an opportunity for a patient to feel seen as the joining of movement aims to communicate non-judgmental acceptance and understanding of the individual.