Jan Jeans

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I offer creative arts therapy to adolescents and adults. I am ACC registered. I provide supervision to counsellors wanting to use creative arts and I specialise in working with trauma. I have  a  studio in Lyttleton and I also work 2 days a week at Start in Christchurch. I offer Open Floor conscious dance classes on Sunday mornings at Evolve dance studio- see workshops page for more details.

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 30 years of extensive experience working with sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety, and self harm, with families, adolescents, children and groups.

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

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 Creative Arts Therapy Association