We provide arts therapy, dance movement therapy, and music therapy services in Tai Tokerau and Tāmaki Makaurau. Working ecologically within schools, early childhood centres, Iwi, and community organisations, we offer a range of therapy services to meet the needs of the community, from individual sessions, to small group sessions, to community, whānau or kaimahi sessions.
Arts therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises creativity through a range of visual arts-making, nature-connected arts, sensory and process-based arts. Arts therapy can help clients by enriching their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being through creative art.
Dance movement therapy is a form of movement psychotherapy. Dance movement therapists combine the elements of dance, movement systems, creative processes, psychological and scientific theories, to support holistic growth and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities.
Music therapy is the use of music by a trained therapist to support the healing and personal growth of people with emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs. While each music therapy session looks different, a session might include shared music-making, improvising, musical stories, rhythm, active listening, songwriting, dancing, and more.
Each therapist is an expert in their field and has experience presenting and working therapeutically with tamariki, adults, whānau, and kaiako. Our therapists are experienced in supporting a full range of ages and variety of needs. As well as their creative therapy professional credentials, our team come from diverse backgrounds such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and teaching, and many have dual professional registrations. Our broad reach of therapists means some of the shared practices can be adapted to support the needs of diverse communities.
Underpinned by Te Tiriti, we strive to be active collaborators in mana-enhancing practice alongside our communities. Our approaches in using waiata, movement, sound, rhythm, and arts within a therapeutic context are tools that find resonance in a wide variety of cultures, while Te Ao Māori frameworks underpin our bicultural practice model.
Our practical tools are grounded in trauma-informed dance, arts and music therapy research and knowledge, and support child and adolescent development and wellbeing across diverse populations. Our creative therapy approaches lean naturally to supporting people without relying on verbal processing (ideal for young tamariki with more limited verbal skills, for neurodiverse people, or those experiencing anxiety).
The creative therapies also make it possible to engage with individuals who connect with therapists through their preferences for music, dance, and art-making. The emphasis on ‘side-by-side’ practice, rather than just a direct talk therapy approach is one that can foster relationship even for people who may have found other forms of therapy difficult to access.
We collaborate with workplaces, iwi, and community organisations to provide therapeutic support and professional development for their people. This ranges from running workshops with staff, to providing on-demand therapy for individuals, to facilitating creative therapy group sessions.
We run therapy sessions within kindergartens, kohanga reo, ECE centres, daycares, home-based childcare services, and play centres. We work with each centre to develop an approach that supports their kaupapa, from whole centre mahi, including workshops for kaiako and whānau, to a therapist working flexibly within the centre, to individualised support for specific learners.
After doing specialised therapy sessions in schools for decades and seeing too many therapists and teachers burn out, we developed a different approach. Mauri Tui Tuia's model is focussed on sustainably supporting tamariki/rangatahi, and focussed on ecological growth (growth and wellbeing for the ākonga, the whānau, and the school kaimahi).