Dance/Movement Therapy Faculty
BA, Sarah Lawrence College, MFA, Vermont College, MFA, Warren Wilson College, MSW and MS, Hunter College. Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, (BC-DMT), Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, (LCAT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW-R). A former ballet dancer, Cathy trained at the American Ballet Theatre School and then with Leon Fokine as a trainee of the Harkness Ballet Company before performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where she had the opportunity to dance in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Symphony in C. She later attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she was introduced to modern dance and formed her own company. Cathy performed original work and in a reconstruction of Doris Humphrey's Day on Earth with Dance Junction and with her own company until the mid 80s. Influenced by work of Meredith Monk ’64 to explore interdisciplinary performance that resonates within the body as it reflects and interacts with the imaginal, external and archetypal world, she went on to study Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement. As part of her exploration of verbal and nonverbal expression, and to broaden her creative work, she earned MFAs in Writing from Vermont College and Warren Wilson College, culminating in her thesis, Recognizing the Dance. She has published poems in journals, textbooks and anthologies. As her focus shifted to the relationship between dance and healing, she pursued an MSW and an MS in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College. During her final social work internship year at the International Center for the Disabled (1991-1992), she was asked to start a creative arts psychotherapy program, which she ran as the Creative and Movement Arts Psychotherapy Program in the Behavioral Medicine Department at ICD for 20 years before leaving to return to Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 to start the College’s Dance/Movement Therapy Program.
Cathy was Senior Editor and author of two chapters in the Second Revised Edition (2005) of the dance therapy textbook, Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (F. Levy Ed.). She was a member of the Credentials Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association (2007-2009) and of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (2009-2010). She was also co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2003-2007), and serves on their Editorial Board (2007-present). SLC, 2009--
BA, Empire State College, MA, Somatic Psychology, Naropa University, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist. Karen’s love of movement began in early childhood with the study of ballet and modern dance that continued through early adulthood. Her interest in movement, the body and mental and physical health led her to a study of manual body therapies, and she maintained a hands-on bodywork practice for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University. These studies enriched Karen’s understanding of body/mind synergy and the value of including the body in psychological intervention, and she furthered her knowledge of body-oriented therapy and psychomotor development through the study of Bodynamic Developmental Psychotherapy in Denmark, which she currently co-teaches in a professional level training. One of Karen’s passions is the treatment of traumatic stress through body-oriented modalities. She has co-founded and co-coordinated two post-disaster volunteer projects: one in New York City after the World Trade Tower attacks and one in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She is currently in private practice in New York City in addition to consulting and training in professional settings. 2012–
BS, Bowling Green State University, MA, Antioch New England, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). Erin did her clinical internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, then worked as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist at North General Hospital in Harlem, New York, where she provided individual and group dance/movement therapy. She also provided various psycho-educational groups on the inpatient mental illness and chemical addiction unit until the hospital closed in 2010. Subsequently, Erin worked as the Integrative Therapies Coordinator for the Adult In-patient Psychiatric Units at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital until December 2011. She is currently in private practice and supervises therapists seeking board certification. 2013-
BA, Queens College, MA, SUNY at Buffalo, MSW, Hunter College, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R). Deborah Kelly has 23 years clinical experience treating adults with physical disabilities, chronic illness, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and addiction disorders. She has presented at community-based conferences on topics such as Chemical Dependency and Disability; Emotional and Psychological Effects of Sarcoidosis on Family and Friends; Ethnicity and Rehabilitation; and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She also has taught numerous in-service staff trainings on Disability Rights History; Short Term Solution Focused Treatment Planning; and Client Centered Treatment and the Well-Written Treatment Plan. Formerly a Senior Social Worker at the International Center for the Disabled in New York City, her special interests include medical and psychiatric clinical assessment; chronic pain conditions and neurodegenerative diseases; and mindfulness-based stress reduction. 2012-
BA, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton State University of New York, MPS, Dance/Movement Therapy, Pratt Institute, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). Ms. Lewis studied dance with Valerie Bettis and June Lewis and has 25 years of clinical experience working collaboratively with a diverse team of professionals as a creative arts therapist treating adults with chronic mental and physical illness, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. She formerly worked at the International Center for the Disabled, New York City, in the Creative and Movement Arts Psychotherapy Program. Additional areas of study include yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction. 2012-
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. 2013-
BFA, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, MEd and EdD Temple University, has served as an Assistant Professor of Dance at The George Washington University, Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance Program at Northwestern University and Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College-CUNY. For the last 32 years, he has also been a performer and choreographer. In 1981, Joseph joined the Mid American Dance Company MADCO (now Modern American Dance Company) and toured throughout the Midwest. From 1987 to1994, Joseph had overlapping tenures with MOMIX and the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, both of which toured nationally and internationally. He has also performed as a guest artist with many other dance companies. His own choreographic work seeks to blend his interests in athleticism and audience accessibility with the poetic sensibilities, influenced by his mentor, Erick Hawkins. Joseph is a Certified Movement Analyst with a particular interest in somatic studies and holistic approaches to understanding the body in dance education. 2014-
BA, University of California. MA, Goucher College. Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). More than 30 years of clinical and supervisory experience, including 18 years at Hackensack University Medical Center working with pediatric hematology/oncology and seven of which were in an integrative palliative care initiative in a pediatric intensive care unit of The David Center for Children’s Pain and Palliative Care. Earlier in her career, she worked at Trinitas Hospital for 10 years as a clinical specialist supervisor in child and adolescent psychiatry and, before that, developed a movement-based program for autistic children and their families. She recently returned to working with developmental disabilities as the Director of Recreational Therapy at Richmond Community Services in Yonkers. She has taught, led workshops and supervised throughout her career; published many articles and been a co-investigator on research in pediatric oncology; and co-authored the chapter, “Holistic Management of Symptoms,” in Palliative Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook, edited by Carter, Levetown, and Friebert (Johns Hopkins University Press). A Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), she also serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2012-present). SLC, 2014–
BA, Trinity College, MS, Hunter College, MA, PhD, Long Island University. Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, studied modern dance improvisation and Asian dance/drama with Judy Dworin and was an inaugural participant in the Trinity/La Mama program. She has 20 years clinical experience treating various populations including children, infants with mothers with chronic mental illness, eating disorders, and geriatrics. She has taught at Mercy College, Westchester Community College, Long Island University, and The New School. She is a Staff Psychologist at Aging Matters Psychological Services in White Plains, New York. Her research interests include time perception in children with ADHD and the integration of Eastern philosophy in Western mental health practices. 2012-
BA, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton State University of New York, MA, Hunter College, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), Advanced Graduate Degree, CCNY, NY State Certified School Psychologist, Certified Mediator by the Unified Court System of NY State. She has had 30 years of work clinical work experience with children and adults with emotional and developmental disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. She worked with teams of creative art therapists servicing developmentally disabled adults at the Federation Employment Guidance Service and Young Adult Institute.
She also worked as a Clinical School Psychologist with school age children for 20 years at the Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Education. Working collaboratively with teams of teachers and therapists, Ms. Shafer specialized in group work and the creative art therapies. She has presented mediation and dance movement therapy workshops at New York School Principals for the Education of Students with Emotional Difficulties. 2013-