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Deborah Thomas

Movement & Psychotherapy- A Jungian Approach. 

For clients interested in working with dreams and creative/expressive movement in an exploration of the self. Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL, has trained with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysis. For individuals. Available by appointment.


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Self & Social Identity Groups for Children 

Dance/movement therapy groups for children use movement and creative arts experiences to meet challenges of children with concerns related to autism, developmental issues, cognitive delays, physical challenges, ADHD, and other issues. Groups are formed based on children's shared needs, ages and schedules. For more info or to make an appt., please contact Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, who provides coordination for the onsite child, teen and family program. (608) 251-0908 x12, or  ann@hancockcenter.net.

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Experience your natural potential to move with ease in a supportive environment. With Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL.
By appointment. $60/session. Group sessions also available; cost per person based on number of class members.

DMT sessions for individual adults and individual children are available by appointment. For more info click here.

To register for classes, contact the instructor @ (608) 251-0908 or email us 


June 2013 

Dear ,


It was a busy spring for us at Hancock Center --and we are looking forward to our summer schedule! In particular, therapists were occupied with several outreach presentations. The new connections made in these circumstances are always stimulating and we are delighted by the openness and positivity we find in these partnerships.


We are also pleased to have had so many individuals attend our Open House presentation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Staff dance therapist Grace Valentine and guest drama therapist Lucy McLellan introduced their respective modalities. Lucy led an experiential on using movement and dramatic expression to develop group cohesion. Feedback from attendees about this experience included encouraging words:  "a beautiful event", " very good work" and "a treat".  Thank you Lucy! 


Currently therapists of the In-School program are about to finish their school year, and we say goodbye to our intern, Allison Steele (see below for details). 


Also, this is a good time of year for families with children who would not otherwise have day-time free to come to Hancock Center for therapy services. There are still openings in the Children's Therapy Groups. The short number of weeks and adaptable scheduling make an easy fit for many. Read on to see our program offerings for the summer and check out our website for more information on all of our on-going services. 


"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."  A good motto!  


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Thank you for your interest and support.



Laura Rogers 

Administrative Associate

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Hancock Center Internship
Goodbye Allison!  Thank You!! 
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This week we celebrated Allison Steele's fine accomplishments in the past nine months of her internship at HC. Allison gave lots of energy connecting with the community and creating programs for varied populations.     


Allison worked in Hancock Center's In-School program leading violence prevention classes in three area schools, co-leading a therapy group for middle school girls and working individually with a teen at school. She co-facilitated a therapy group for teen girl survivors at Canopy Center and worked with Community Partnerships in groups for parents and LGBT teens. She also worked on-site at HC seeing adults and children individually and in groups. Take a bow Allison!


Allison will be returning to her native lands in Michigan and Ohio. We wish her good luck as she moves on to the next step of getting licensed and pursues her career as a dance therapist!  


DMT Internships at HC
Hancock Center offers an internship experience that runs concurrently with the school year for students needing to fulfill the internship requirement of the American Dance Therapy Association. Past interns have participated in our In-School Therapy and Prevention program, led older adult groups in the community, provided therapy for developmentally delayed adults and led individual and group dance therapy sessions to varied populations on-site at Hancock Center. There are five therapists on staff who offer supervision and whose expertise covers a wide range of client populations.
Save the Date...
Hancock's 30th Anniversary Party, October 3, 4-6 pm  
You are invited to celebrate with us! Enjoy brief presentations, socializing and light refreshments. Stop by the Hancock Center in downtown Madison anytime Thursday, 10/03, 4 - 6 pm. 16 North Hancock Street. Contact us for more info.
In the Community
In-School Therapy and Violence Prevention

Our programs in the schools will soon be ending for the summer, a time when the therapists can process outcomes and develop and fine tune the curriculum --and enjoy vacations! Staff therapist Jeanine Kiss is planning to lead a small group of students from the In-School program over the summer. This group, "Creative Movement for Busy Bodies & Busy Minds" will support the continuity of prevention classroom skills for individual children at the Hancock Center. Together they will work on being in charge of their bodies, appropriately expressing their feelings, calming their bodies and minds, and working well with peers.         

Community Support Network Group for Developmentally Delayed Adults 

Staff therapist Robyn Lending Halsten has been leading this off-site group for five years and continues to serve up to 20 adults despite last year's funding cuts for CSN. Robyn's commitment has come from her joy in working with these wonderful and creative individuals. Robyn is deeply moved by the compassion that the clients show each other. One of the highlights of the group is when solos, duets and trios form among group members and they perform their dances in the middle of the group circle. The clients utilize movement to express feelings they often are unable to express verbally, and additionally meaningful, they feel deeply understood through their shared movement. 

Other Outreach

This month director Rena Kornblum and staff therapist Mariah Meyer LeFeber will give a keynote address and lead break-out sessions at an Institute of Graduate Studies/Silver Lake College course for teachers for their continuing education credit and to augment their teaching skills. Rena and Mariah will be presenting two sections, "Moving Toward a Peaceful Classroom" and "Integrating the Body and Developing Emotional Regulation and Self-Calming Strategies".  


ChildrensSummerprogramChildren's Dance/Movement Therapy Groups
NOW FORMING for children with developmental issues 

These groups will use dance, rhythm, and creative movement play to support peer relationships and to develop motor skills.

-Monday late afternoon group for 3-5/4-6 year olds.
-Wednesday late afternoon/early evening group for 11-14 year old girls.

Client needs will determine specific timing and contracted hours/number of weeks. Contact program coordinator Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL. 251-0908x12 or ann@hancockcenter.net. 

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Movers & Shakers: A Movement and Socialization Class for Adults with Developmental Issues
A therapeutic class filled with movement, music and opportunities for social interaction. This group is a safe place for people to engage with others while relating through the language of movement. We will explore issues relating to relationships, health and body-image, self-esteem and positive leisure activities. Please join us as we connect through the universal modality of movement!
Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL. 

On-going Mondays. 3:30-4:20pm. $20/class -OR-- $75/5 classes.

Community Modern Dance Class Led by modern dancer and dance/movement therapist Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL, this class is open to adults and seniors with varied dance experience. Ideas including, but not limited to, modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, collaboration, movement analysis, and current trends in dance will be explored. 


Tai Chi Center - 301 S. Bedford St., #219, downtown Madison.

On-going Mondays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Open enrollment.
Summer session ends early July.

$12/class drop in or $80/8 week session ($10/class)

The Hancock Center Board is looking for new members

Your participation is welcome! 

Are you looking for a unique experience- to learn about and promote dance/movement therapy, to exercise your leadership potential, and to serve the Dane County community?  


Hancock Center Board members oversee and facilitate the mission, goals and other activities of our non-profit organization. They advise on the management of the Center's business, and have fiduciary oversight of the Center.    


Members serve renewable two year terms. One must have the ability to attend regular meetings and serve on active committees. At this point we are especially interested in individuals with finance, marketing, fundraising, and business experience!


This is your chance to help a local non-profit organization.  


To find out more about HC Board Membership click here or contact Buff Brennan.




Rena Kornblum's Blog

Violence Prevention through Movement


D/MT on You Tube:

D/MT and Counseling program at Antioch University

D/MT with Elderly Clients

Introduction to D/MT with Suzy Matheson

Leif Tellmann introduces D/MT with "Psychology in Seattle",
part one of five

American Dance Therapy Association informational slide show


Hancock Center welcomes donations to its scholarship fund, which is used to provide therapy for those otherwise unable to afford it.


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Hancock Center, 16 N Hancock Street, Madison, WI 53703.


Hancock Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is a United Way Partner Agency and a supporting agency of the Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association. Donations are tax-deductible as provided by law.