"Dance Voice therapists and staff are all highly-trained individuals who are caring, friendly and professional."
Full time office administrator
NVQ 3 in IT and Office Practice, 2nd Degree Black Belt, instructor and tournament umpire in Tae Kwon Do.
I have a background of 40+ years in administration and accounting with companies in the public and private sector, including banks, building contractors, engineering companies and charities, and has worked with Dance Voice on a full time basis since October 2005.
I support all aspects of Dance Voice from meeting and greeting clients and visitors, attending and minuting trustee and staff meetings, keeping accurate finance records, and all aspects of administration from letters to invoicing and much much more.
In my spare time I am a crafter, anything from handmade cards to knitted animals, great and small. I sell these where I can and all profits contribute towards Dance Voice funds.
Executive Director of Dance Voice, DMP Wednesday mornings, MA supervisor, Clinical Supervisor
MA (DMP) PGDip, RDMP, PGCE, Dip Dance Theatre, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Vikki trained as a dancer at the Laban centre in London and worked on a number of small choreographic projects and performances. Her interest in dance evolved into an exploration of dance as an expressive form of non-verbal communication. She worked with Gloucestershire dance on a number of educational projects with children in schools and adults with learning difficulties before discovering Dance Voice. Vikki joined Dance Voice as a student and then volunteered to increase her experience in DMP, she led a physiotherapeutic support workers’ team specialising in acquired brain injury. Vikki trained as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at Roehampton University. Vikki has experience working with children in main stream and special needs schools, mental health groups, addiction recovery, eating disorders (within a hospital context), working in a womens prison, self-harm support groups, elderly groups in hospital and residential care home (focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia) and adults with learning difficulties. She has experience working with groups and 1:1’s. Vikki also offers Clinical supervision to Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Play therapy trainees and practitioners.
She has just completed four years on the General Council for the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, which consisted of one year as Acting Chair.
Vikki continues to explore the integration of other non-verbal creative therapies within her practice such as Art materials and Sandplay.
Vikki also loves to spend time with her husband and children and being creative (especially baking and decorating cakes)!
Executive Director of Dance Voice, MA Course Convenor & Supervisor, DMP Thursday afternoons, Clinical Supervisor
BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre Studies, PGDip MA DMP, PGCE, BSL Stage 1 & 2, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Linsey initially came to Dance Voice as a volunteer, and has never looked back. Her first training was in drama and physical theatre when she became interested in how the body can be used to communicate that which cannot be spoken. Having experienced the joy of true expression and connection she was inspired to study dance movement psychotherapy at Roehampton University while beginning her clinical practice at DV. She has worked with children in mainstream and special schools, worked with the Bristol Autism Project working 1:1, and with siblings and families. She has had experience working with adolescents in a variety of contexts including CAHMS. Linsey spent many years working with the older population and has had extensive experience working with adults with learning difficulties and adults with short and long term mental health needs. Linsey focuses on offering opportunity for authentic expression in order to enable creative potential in all her practice, 1:1, groups, clinical supervision and teaching.
Passionate about the profession Linsey has just completed serving four years on ADMPUK Council and three years as Chair of ADMPUK Education Committee.
In her spare time Linsey loves to go walking with the family, aims to improve her cooking and to build up her stationary and marmite collections.
Clinical Manager, DMP Wednesday, Thursday, Friday morning, Facilitator of Table Top Art Wednesday afternoon
PGDip MA DMP, RDMP
Marcella’s interest in Dance as a healing form began with an interest in Shamanic practices which led her, via a somewhat convoluted route to Dance Voice. She began her journey with the organisation as a participant on the Summer School course in 2006 and completed her master’s degree in 2013. Marcella has worked extensively with adults with learning difficulties and also has experience of working with those recovering from traumatic brain injury, mental health groups and one to ones.
Marcella enjoys live music, any opportunity to explore and travel, long walks with her dogs and being in and around water (except when it’s falling from the sky!)
MA Tutor & Supervisor, DMP Tuesday & Wednesday mornings
PGDip MA DMP, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Ruth has been involved in Dance Voice for many years. During this time the transformation of becoming a registered DMP, with private practitioner status, has been completed. As such, her approach is reliant on a person-centred approach, influenced by aspects of Jungian thinking, and utilises creativity and the creative arts wherever possible.
Ruth’s current role carries responsibilities within the provision of both therapy and education here at Dance Voice. The therapy aspect requires her regular participation with the team working alongside our adult clients with learning disabilities, occasionally with the groups working with clients involved in addiction recovery, and those with mental health issues.
Ruth’s 1:1 work has included work with clients with post-traumatic issues and with pre-schoolers with a diagnosis of autism or developmental delay.
Recently, Ruth has facilitated the development of a new group onsite called “Transitions’. This group is specifically for young school leavers with a range of disabilities who are in transition away from full-time education.
The education aspect involves being part of the team that delivers our Masters training in DMP. Having personally experienced this training from its inception provides a useful insight into the challenging and exciting journey that our students traverse during their time with us.
Ruth’s ‘spare’ time is fully occupied with developing her private practice in the community, enjoying family life, hanging out with fellow ‘foodies’, researching independent coffee houses for the best flat white and regularly escaping to coast, country or fireside to restore body, soul and spirit.
The diverse aspects of Ruth’s role are absorbing, rewarding and fulfilling, they require focus and dedication…but that is just a part of what maintains the Dance Voice ethos.
Elizabeth (Liz) Shaw
DMP Wednesday & Friday mornings, MA Placement Manager, Clinical Supervisor
BA (Hons), PGCE, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Liz is a long-standing member of the therapy team at Dance Voice, and is a supervisor and placement co-ordinator on the Masters Programme. She has taught on the year-long courses and summer schools for several years.
Having volunteered with Marie Ware in 1981, Liz began working at Dance Voice in 1994 and went on to qualify in DMP at the University of Hertfordshire in 1997, becoming a Senior practitioner in 2008. Over the years, Liz has worked with people who have severe and enduring physical and mental health needs, those with communication difficulties and sensory impairment, adults experiencing acute mental distress, children with emotional and social disadvantage, women in prison.
Liz lived in a spirituality centre in Bristol between 1988-2009 where she trained in massage, created massage retreats, qualified to run Jungian-based personal development courses, and was a spiritual director. She is committed to her religious community and human development, and has included tai chi and Alexander Technique into her own personal path. She loves animals, countryside and a wide range of music to which she will usually find a way of moving!
MA Tutor, DMP Thursday mornings, Workshop Manager
PGDip MA DMP, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Batel qualified as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in 2005 from Roehampton University and has been working at Dance Voice since 2007. Mainly co-leading group therapy with Adults with a range of Learning Difficulties.
From January 2016 Batel will be joining the education team as lecturer on the MA in DMP.
Alongside her work at Dance Voice, Batel also specialises in Adolescent Mental Health working as a DMP with this population.
Batel is one of the core lecturer’s for the Creative Arts Therapies foundation course at Bristol City College, focusing on Dance Movement Therapy and Expressive Movement.
She is also artistic director of dance theatre company Neshima Dance www.neshimadance.co.uk, and regularly teaches choreography and contemporary dance/theatre techniques.
Likes to: go to the gym, run in the wilderness, cook, give and receive hugs and collect boots!
DMP Friday mornings & DMP cover team & DMP project worker
BSc Hons Psychology, PGDip DMP, RDMP
Ione first trained at Dance Voice in 2001 when she undertook the BTEC National Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy studies. As a result of this journey she discovered the wonderful potential in combining her Degree in Psychology and her love of movement in a creative therapeutic profession.
She returned to Dance Voice to train on the first MA programme in 2008 and has worked on the Therapy team since 2010. Prior to this she had a career in Accounting and in her spare time worked as a volunteer mentor for vulnerable young people in Bath.
Ione has worked with a diverse client population in a wide variety of settings. Her clinical portfolio includes working with adults and children who have learning difficulties, adults with mental health needs, young offenders, adults with acquired brain injury, dementia and those in recovery from stroke. As well as group work she undertakes 1:1 sessions working both on and off site depending on the requirements of project work.
She recently secured funding from BBC Children In Need to run a year long project using Dance Movement Psychotherapy to support Young Carers in two Mainstream Bristol schools. This was a great success and she hopes to continue with further project work with children in the future.
Beyond work, she loves swimming, yoga, reading and spending time with her family.
Angeles Fiallo Montero
DMP Wednesday Morning
PGDip MA DMP, RDMP, Private Practitioner (Children/Young People)
Angeles migrated from Argentina to the UK leaving behind dancing and ballet school, until she came across Dance Voice. She then began her Dance Movement Psychotherapy journey at Dance Voice, firstly embarking in the HNC foundation course and later training as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Her Master’s research study looked at Dance Movement Psychotherapy with young people in the prison where she practised. Findings of this research are currently in the process of getting published in a book chapter.
Angeles has been working at Dance Voice since she graduated in September 2009. She has co-facilitated different DMP learning disability groups and currently also offers individual session. Angeles also works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at a residential school for children with complex needs in Bristol and at the NHS, within CAMHS(Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) in Weston-Super- Mare. Angeles has worked as a dmp for many different organisations and clients with a variety of needs and age range. In her work, especially with children and young people Angeles, integrates movement with other creative and play-based interventions, including, sand-tray, Theraplay, percussion, etc. Angeles believes that everyone can dance and that the world needs even more dancing, music and arts.
In her free time Angeles plays Brazilian percussion and collects rays of sunshine
DMP Thursday mornings, DMP Project worker
BA (hons) Dance and Theatre Arts, PGDip MA DMP, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
I have been working with Dance Voice since 2010 with their infamous elders group Butterworth Court. Support from the John James Foundation in 2013 has enabled my work with the company to filter off site with a Dementia and End of Life residential Home, Avon Lodge, in Kingswood.
As a Freelance Practitioner I work across Wiltshire with older populations, and children with Trauma and Attachment disorders with Family Therapy centre, Catchpoint, in Fishponds. I also deliver 1:1 sessions for children with emotional and behavioural needs for Brighter Futures in Bath.
In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and actively engaging in Professional Development
DMP Friday mornings, facilitator of Supportive Communication Session Friday lunch time
MA DMP, RDMP, National Diploma in Dance & Performing Arts, Level 1 & 2 Makaton Signing.
Kimberley is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist having studied at Roehampton University at Masters Level. Kimberley first came to Dance voice as a student on placement and is honoured to have now joined the Therapy team. Kimberley can be found on site on Friday’s co leading the DMP group for service users of mixed abilities and facilitating the Makaton Lunch, which is a great space to refuel while connecting and communicating through Makaton signing. Kimberley’s heart has always been in dance having previously toured the UK as a professional dancer. As a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Kimberley, also works for NHS within children and adolescent mental health services. When not at work or in a dance studio you’ll find Kimberley on route to the beach, ready to inhale the sea air and channel her inner surfer!
MA Tutor, DMP Wednesday mornings
BA (Hons), Drama and Performance Studies.
CELTA. Cambridge teaching course,
Lecturing Drama and Dance in Creative arts department at University of Zululand, South Africa
PGDip MA DMP, RDMP
Lisa grew up in South Africa where she did her postgrad in Drama and Performance studies. It was through her work in school and after school drama, speech and movement settings that she saw first hand the powerful ability of movement to develop confidence, integration and healing. This inspired her to study DMP at Dance Voice in Bristol and return to SA to work with children in community settings affected by HIV and AIDS. To support her work she lectured drama and dance in the creative arts department of a local University enjoying the complimentary balance between education and therapy work. She is delighted by the opportunity and privilege to work with the learning difficulty group in DMP and therapeutic art, she is also currently working with a project in a Special Needs School. Her love for traveling and immersing herself in different cultures has given her insight into new ways of seeing and being with the world. In her spare time she is drawn to recharge and find inspiration in nature and climb the occasional tree to see what the world looks like from up there through the leaves.
DMP Project Worker, DMP Cover team
BSc, PGDip MA DMP, RDMP, Private Practitioner, Clinical Supervisor
Sarah has been involved with Dance Voice since 2006, studying there and working both on and off site. Sarah’s role at Dance Voice currently includes facilitating Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) sessions at a care home, helping to support people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to find their own creative ways to express themselves and connect with others. She also works as a cover member of the Dance Voice team facilitating therapy groups for people with learning difficulties. Elsewhere, Sarah’s DMP work has included working with children and young people with special needs, as well as adults with mental ill health. Sarah has worked for many years pioneering DMP in hospice care, and as part of her MA undertook the first UK research to explore the experience of DMP for people with terminal illnesses which led to the first publication about this subject in the UK. Sarah works with groups and individuals and is hoping to start working as a DMP Clinical Supervisor in 2016. Having had a previous career in marketing and fundraising, Sarah has also worked as a volunteer supporting Dance Voice’s fundraising. Sarah also loves to be with her family and friends, to dance and to spend time in nature and sunshine!
Emma V Sadler
DMP Project Worker
First Class BA Honours degree in Dance Studies, MA DMP, RDMP
I am currently co-facilitating a dance movement psychotherapy project at the New Fosseway School in Bristol. Lisa and I are working with a group of children with severe learning disabilities who may have additional needs such as autism and/or physical or medical needs.
DMP Project Worker
Degree in Psychology, MA in Educational Psychology, MA DMP, RDMP
Ana has worked as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with a wide range of clients in various places such as schools, NHS, care homes, refugees, institutions and specialized schools/institutions for people with special needs. Her main field of expertise is with clients with Autism, Asperger, Trauma and Attachment Disorders. She also has experience working with learning disabilities, special needs, challenging and emotional behaviours, dementia, anxiety, phobias, depression, personality disorders and somatic problems manifested in the body.
Currently Ana is working as a Creative Art Therapist at Priory College with students diagnosed with Autism and Asperger aged (15-21 years old) and at Bourne Family Project with children aged (6-13 years old). She also delivers workshops and CPD trainings in dance movement therapy at universities, institutions and other organizations. Ana is working for Dance Voice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at Greenfield Primary School. She facilitates dance movement psychotherapy group sessions for children (aged 5 to 10). In her sessions she creates a warm, safe and trustful environment to explore emotions, movements and thoughts. Music and props are often incorporated to encourage the extension of movement, self- expression, and socialization. These sessions enhance the students’ social, emotional and relational growth, leading to a more mindful and integrated understanding of themselves and others.