Jan Jeans

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From October 2018 I will be  in Timor Leste for a one year posting  with Volunteer Service Abroad as a Creative Arts Mentor, training staff to use the creative arts when working with trauma in the population. I envisage returning to NZ at the end of 2019 and starting up my practice again then. Until then the bio below gives you some idea of how I work.

Creative arts and conscious dance have enhanced my life, helped me through some challenging times and deepened my experience of life. You don’t have to be an artist to express something that is almost impossible (and often painful) to put into words, you just have to feel safe enough to have a go. I am a qualified Arts Therapist, counsellor and Open Floor teacher 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.

When we use dance movement to be fully embodied—physically, emotionally, mindfully—it means we are present for anything and everything. To be embodied is to come to our senses, to feel our power and to make things happen in our world. My approach combines talk therapy, movement and art to enable powerful body experiences to be given meaning and be understood.

I have built an eclectic mix of skills and incorporate the creative into whatever work I do. I have over 25 years of extensive experience working with sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, and self harm, with families, adolescents, children and groups. I am a registered ACC provider.

I offer individual sessions; group work; and supervision for counsellors.

Qualifications
MA(clinical) in Arts Psychotherapy from Whitecliffe College of Arts
Diploma in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy
Open Floor and Therapy In Motion Teacher-Open Floor International

Membership of Professional Associations
New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Australia & New Zealand Arts Therapy Association