Masters in Movement Therapy (MMT), Antioch/New England Graduate School. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dance, SUNY. Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). Sandy has worked extensively as a Dance Movement Therapist for the past 30 years with a variety of populations including individuals with autism, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, dementia and developmental disabilities, as well as preschoolers at risk. Sandy has studied privately with pioneers in her field, such as Dr. Judith Kestenberg. She became certified in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) in 1982, where she worked as an adjunct therapist with Dr. Kestenberg and trained at the Research Center for Families and Children in Sands Point, Long Island. She has taught applied Kestenberg principles in many workshops and trainings in a wide variety of settings since that time, particularly using movement components of empathy and trust to enhance relational development.
Sandy also trained privately, and in groups, with pioneer Janet Adler in Authentic Movement. She has been teaching this work in private practice for many years, with individuals and in Women’s Circles. Additionally, Sandy trained in the highly traditional martial arts, Japanese Karate-Do, and earned her Black Belt degree in 2007. Sandy’s special interest is now integrating witness consciousness (authentic movement) with warrior consciousness (martial arts) in therapy and in development.
Currently, Sandy is working as a Psychology Supervisor for a number of residential programs serving developmentally disabled and dually diagnosed individuals. She provides direct services, as well as clinical oversight of all programming and teaches behavioral assessment & intervention strategies.
Courses taught in Dance/Movement Therapy Program
- Movement Observation III