Anaia Treefoot

Anaia is the Founder and Director of Dance & Arts Therapy NZ and has been working in the Arts Therapy field since 2008. She has always been passionate about supporting others, finding great satisfaction from utilising the creative arts to empower people from many different backgrounds and communities. Anaia has a clinical background as an Arts Therapist and Dance Movement Therapist, working with a range of children and adults. She also has experience in providing supervision and training to new therapists and those studying Dance Movement and Arts Therapy. In 2019 she was awarded the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Award for her dedication to developing the Dance Movement Therapy profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Anaia holds a Masters in Clinical Arts Therapy, is a Professional Member of the Dance Therapy Association Australasia and an Associate Member of the American Dance Therapy Association. Anaia travelled to New York to undertake a year of intensive Postgraduate Dance Movement Therapy Training before bringing this knowledge back to Auckland in 2010 where she helped set up Dance Therapy NZ.