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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. $30/hour; sliding fee scale available. 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 


December 2012 

Dear ,


Another year already draws to a close and we pause to consider its nature. For us at Hancock Center 2012 has been a less dramatic year compared to 2011 (review 2011's Annual Report here) much to everyone's relief. 


The renovations that started in response to extensive flooding in our building ended with the final steps in our branding process--a newly painted exterior, showing off our new front yard sign! 


Our programs continued to follow paths made by new collaborations, our therapists' talents, and community need. This has included using new spaces near us in Madison. We've also had two new therapists working with us, and three new Board members.


Read on about this news and our upcoming winter/spring program offerings!  


If you are interested in supporting our center's mission through volunteering or making a donation contact us or click here:

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I wish you each a Happy New Year rich with successes, learning and love. 



Laura Rogers

Administrative Associate


     Before: Hancock House After: New HC House

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.


In-coming, Out-going

Hancock Center is privileged to welcome new members Mary Ann Fahl, Kelly Anderson, and Rosalie Migas on Board! We say goodbye with much gratitude to outgoing members Tarek Said, Alison Roberts, and Glenis Benson. "...And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne."

In the Middle Schools
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Empowerment Group for Girls

Hancock Center's In-School Therapy and Prevention program--partially funded by a grant from United Way of Dane County--has had a middle school component to its Therapy program since 2007.  


Therapists have been leading an Empowerment DMT group for girls at Sennett Middle School which originally focused on Latina teen cultural issues. More recently the group is for multi-cultural at-risk girls to support healthy attitudes, behaviors, and choices. This program has a goal to follow the girls from 6th grade through 8th grade.  


This year Hancock Center was invited to bring the same program for girls to Whitehorse Middle School. HC's commitment to this is in response to the United Way's priority to provide mental health services to teens.  


Please consider the United Way of Dane County in your annual giving. 

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There is a face to our face! 
If you have already joined us on Facebook then you know our page has become more engaging. Staff therapist, Jeanine Kiss, is keeping our page alive and well! Follow
the informative, interesting, and often beautiful posts by clicking the button below.  

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New Staff at Hancock Center 

                     Tara Rollins          Allison Steele  
                       Tara Rollins       and     Allison Steele 


Tara Rollins, MA, R-DMT joined Hancock Center staff over a year ago. She has been working with adults with chronic mental illness at Cornucopia, with children in the In-School Violence Prevention and Therapy program, and helping with our outreach events and program development. Tara has been acquiring supervised hours while working toward her final level of accreditation with the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). She is currently volunteering with us in the In-School Violence Prevention program one day per week. We enjoy her delightful enthusiasm and wish her luck as she pursues state licensure and full-time professional employment. Another dance therapist is born!


This fall we welcomed Allison Steele as the HC dance/movement therapy intern. Allison is from the DMT program at Antioch University New England in New Hampshire. So far she has been co-facilitating the Women's Empowerment group, the middle school girls' therapy group at Whitehorse, and a therapy group for kids at The Canopy Center in Madison. She is also working in our In-School program, teaching Violence Prevention through Movement skills to classrooms and co-leading therapy groups for at-risk kids. This winter she will offer a DMT group for LGBT adults in collaboration with OutReach Center of Madison, and a dmt component to ArtSpeak, a group for LGBT teens through Community Partnerships. Allison has much to offer and we will no doubt learn from her as well!


Thank you to both Tara and Allison for their many hours of service on behalf of the Hancock Center community!   


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 starting January 7, 2013. (Class will not meet March 25, April 1 and May 27th) 3:30-4:20pm. $20/class -OR-- $75/5 classes. 

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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. 

NEW Location:  

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

On-going Mondays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Open enrollment.
Two 8-week sessions: Jan. 14 - Mar. 4 and Mar. 18 - May 6.
$12/class drop in or $80/8 week session ($10/class)



*Creative Support: a dance/movement therapy group for LGBT adults   

A safe space to connect, explore, and grow! 

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This group will creatively explore issues pertaining to the LGBT community. The focus will be on topics that are important for the group members, which may include: self-esteem, connecting with others, healthy boundaries, and healing from the past.

7 week group: Wednesdays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 27, 2013, 7:30-8:30 pm. Facilitated by Allison Steele, dance/movement therapy intern.

$5 suggested donation for each group session -not required.This group is in collaboration with OutReach Center of Madison. Contact  Allison Steele for more information or to set up an intake.  

*FREE introductory session: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
, 7:30-8:30 pm.
Please RSVP to Allison or (608) 251-0908 x20.



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Empowerment for Women: A Dance/Movement Therapy Group 
Discover your movement qualities and how they shape what you do.
This group will focus on various themes, depending on the interests of the participants. Possible themes include: self-esteem, body image, patterns in relationships, ease and freedom of movement, relaxation and stress reduction, and healing from painful experiences. With simple movements and gestures, participants explore personality qualities, improve confidence, and energize their strength and assertion. Each session begins with a check-in followed by a gentle movement warm-up, then experientially focuses on the theme for the evening. No prior dance or movement experience necessary. Grace Valentine, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, LPC, & Allison Steele, dance/movement therapy intern.
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Jan. 10 - Mar. 7 (no group 2/14).
$35/week for 8 weeks. 




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.