About Us

Founder and Director


Dr Allison Bakari-Singer

I am a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist and Clinical Supervisor registered with UKCP and HCPC. Alongside my clinical work I undertake research as a Dance Anthropologist and Ethnomusicologist. I have a background in Performance and Yoga Teaching. I have been using embodied and creative arts approaches to explore possibilities for individual and social change since 1984.

I have a passionate belief in the use of and integration between the body, movement and the creative arts within a psychotherapeutic context to provide opportunities for self-understanding and change, where words are important but not enough. I provide a space which is calm, nurturing, creative and playful where you, the client, are given the opportunity to explore and discover new possibilities for the difficulties you may be experiencing.

I work with adults and children with a wide range of difficulties and experiences including trauma, anxiety, chronic illness, depression, relational problems,  loss and bereavement. I also run retreats, personal and professional development workshops, CPD events, conferences and offer research and consultancy.

My previous clinical experience includes working with refugee and internally displaced children and their families; elderly people;  people with dementia; and adults and children with mild to profound and complex learning difficulties, physical disabilities and challenging behaviors.

Alongside my therapy work I am a supervisor for Arts Therapists, Arts in Health Professionals and Arts Therapy Trainees; and the Founder and Director of the North East Arts Therapies group (NEAT). I have led and taught on several MA Arts Therapy and Arts in Health professional training programmes in the UK and was a Co-Director of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP) (2009-13). I am a published researcher and regularly contribute chapters to edited collections, and papers to national and international conferences and symposia. I am the Founder, Director and a Senior Therapist at York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre.

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