Listing of KMP Instructors and Analysts

The KMP Committee requires those seeking KMP certification to receive their Level I training (the prerequisite for applying for KMP Certification includes 90 hours of foundational study) from a Certified KMP analyst (listed below). These instructors have met all of the standards and can demonstrate all of the KMP competencies for providing accurate KMP training. While integrating KMP Certification skills may enrich one’s professional specialty, it does not authorize the Certified KMP analyst to practice beyond their professional credentialing.

Janet Kestenberg Amighi (Pennsylvania, USA)

Janet Kestenberg Amighi, Ph.D., Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer, received her Phd. In 1985 in Anthropology. Author of the book Zoroastrians of Iran: Conversion, Assimilation and Persistence. Did anthropological research in Iran, Bali, and among Mexican immigrant workers. She teaches anthropology at Montgomery County Community College. She is the co-author of The Meaning of Movement: the Kestenberg Movement Profile. And she regularly teaches an introductory KMP course at Drexel University. Her special interest is in cross cultural applications of the KMP.


Susan Loman (New Hampshire, USA)

Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer

Susan Loman, Professor Emerita, Former Director, and Current Adjunct Faculty in the MA Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Antioch University New England. A member of the Academy of Dance Therapists Registered and a National Certified Counselor, she served as the Chair of the Education Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association (1995-1999) and has been on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy since 1997. She directed the Creative Art Therapy Department at Billings Hospital psychiatric unit; worked with infants, toddlers, and parents at the Center for Parents and Children; and also worked with adults at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital. A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst and considered an expert on the system, she worked closely with Judith Kestenberg for eight years, chaired four conferences on the KMP, has written numerous articles and co-edited three books, including, "The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile." She currently teaches a practicum for masters students at Antioch University New England. She also taught the KMP system at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York City for fourteen years. She has lectured and conducted KMP workshops in Germany (1993-present), Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, South Korea and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the U.S.


Silvia Birklein (New York, USA)

Silvia B. Birklein, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Dance Movement Therapist in Private Practice in New York City. She’s the founder and director of SYNC Psychological Services™ and the Institute for Movement Informed Psychotherapy (IMiPSY). She’s a clinical supervisor at Pace University and faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) in NYC.

She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/MA in General Psychology from the New School fro Social Research in NYC. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Antioch University (1997), a B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy from the Freie University in Berlin (1990), and a B.S.W in Social Work/ Pedagogics from the Alice Solomon University in Berlin, Germany (1985).

Dr. Birklein is a certified Psychoanalyst (NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy), holds a Certificate in Dance/Performance Arts from Berlin, Germany (1989), a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA; 1990), and Kestenberg Movement Analysis (KMP), training in Integrative Gestalt Therapy (Germany; 1992);

Her interests and research (intergenerational transmission of affect) are about the body and movement in psychoanalysis, and in her practice she’s working with clients integrating verbal and nonverbal modalities, using Laban and Kestenberg approaches.

Phone: (917) 496-5772

928 Broadway, Suite 803
(b/w 21th & 22nd St.)
New York, NY 10010

Louise Binette (Vermont, USA)

Louise Binette, MA, BC-DMT, LCMHC, CCC, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer,
is a graduate of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England (1993), where she wrote her APA-style thesis focused on the KMP; she was under the supervision of Susan Loman and later presented her thesis at the National KMP conference. 
Since then, she has maintained her passion for the KMP and has applied it to her clinical work (e.g. autism spectrum and special needs children and adults, patients in rehabilitation and with chronic illness, and trauma victims), and she designed KMP-assessment scales for clinical research projects that have been presented in North America and Europe (e.g. DMT with stroke patients, and with the geriatric population). 

Louise is a Certified KMP Analyst, by the KMP Committee of Child Development Research, and serves on the Committee. She has been teaching KMP intro courses in English and French for dance and psychology university departments since 1998, and was an adjunct professor at AUNE, teaching the KMP course for the Winter/Spring 2015 semester. She also contributed to the “Clinical Contributions: Employing the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP)” chapter of The Meaning of Movement, Second Edition (2018).

Louise Binette is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) and supervises dance/movement therapy students in the alternate route; is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), a Nationally Certified Canadian Counselor (CCC); an EMDR therapist; and a yoga/meditation teacher. She was the director of Counseling Services for a college, and maintains a private practice where she specializes in trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, and attachment issues. She is in the Somatic Experiencing three-year training (2018-2020) to become an SEP, and is in the process of becoming a biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

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Ayelet Meltzer

Ayelet Meltzer, MA, DMT, KMP Analyst: Ayelet is an experienced Dance Movement Therapist, and a certified Kestenberg Movement Profile analyst who works with children and their parents in the Israeli public education system and in private practice.  She is also an experienced Special education teacher for children with visual impairments, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Conduct disorders and Learning Disabilities, and a supervisor of special education teachers. Ayelet completed all 90 hours KMP course by Suzanne Hastie in 2016, and she uses the KMP perspective and understanding both in her clinical and educational work. She accomplished a double major B.A in Sociology (cum laude) and Psychology at Tel Aviv University, Dance Movement Therapy and Teaching Diplomas at Hakibutzim College, and M.A (magna cum laude) in Arts Therapies at Haifa University, Israel. In her Master thesis Ayelet studied what emotions are attributed to different movement components (as defined by Laban Movement Analysis) when observing expressive movement, and the relationship between the ability to perceive emotion from movement, empathy and emotion regulation.  The first part of her Thesis has been published in the open access journal Frontiers in Psychology in the paper: How Do We Recognize Emotion From Movement? Specific Motor Components Contribute to the Recognition of Each Emotion.  The other part of her thesis is in preparation for another paper.

Gordana Horvat Mahne (Zagreb, CROATIA)

Gordana Horvat Mahne, BA, MA, MA-DMT, CMA, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer
obtained an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy (1993) from the Laban Centre validated by The City University, London. BA and MA degrees she received from the Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia in South Slavic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature (1978). She holds a diploma of The School for Rhythmics and Dance – Ana Maletić, Zagreb, Croatia (1970).

She completed the training program of the KMP with S. Loman and she is a Certified Kestenberg Movement Profile Analyst (2015). She completed a CMA certificate with K. Studd with the project „Personal Experience of Breathing Seen through LMA/BF Approach – Talking Body“ (2014). The Advance Tutorial and Workshop Training in the Movement Psychdiagnostic Inventory-MPI (2010) she took under conduction of M. Davis, M. Berger, R. Flaum Cruz, D. Dulicai, and H. Lausberg.

Since 1985 she has been a specialist, trainer and supervisor in Croatia and Spain for teachers for Stimulation by Movement based on Rudolf Laban's movement theory with children with hearing impairment within Verbotonal Method of academic Petar Guberina – SUVAG. She has lectured at the Ljubljana University, Slovenia to the post-graduate students from Art Therapy the Introduction to Laban Movement Observation.

As a professional dancer (1970-1984) she was educated in Koln, London, and New York and she was performing in Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Russia as a soloist of The Studio for Contemporary Dance and member of International music group Arte –Viva under
a last name Omeragic-Mestanagic.

She founded HrUPT in Zagreb, Croatia (2003) and she worked on different projects sponsored by the Croatian government. She participated in conferences in Croatia, Germany, Bulgaria and USA. Her professional interests are in children with emotional and behavioral problems, children with problems of language development, and nonverbal communication.


K. Mark Sossin (New York, USA)

K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D., Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer, is Professor of Psychology, Pace University, and practices as a clinical psychologist, adult and child/adolescent psychoanalyst, and infant-parent psychotherapist. He is a Faculty Member and Supervisor, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University Postgraduate Programs; Faculty, Anni Bergman Parent-InfantTraining Program, and Member of the New York Freudian Society. Dr. Sossin has authored and co-authored papers and books on nonverbal behavior, early development, trauma and therapy, including The Meaning of Movement: Clinical and Developmental Applications of the Kestenberg Movement Profile (Brunner-Routledge, 1999). At Pace, he is Director of the Parent-Infant/Toddler Research Nursery, and he oversees psychological services at Pace's McShane Center for Psychological Services for individuals on the autism spectrum. He maintains a practice in New Hyde Park, NY.

Contact:, Mind, Movement, Interaction, and Development Research Group:

Suzanne Hastie (Pennsylvania, USA)

Suzanne C. Hastie, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer

Suzanne is a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed professional counselor and shiatsu practitioner who received her Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch/New England Graduate School in NH. Suzanne interned with Judith Kestenberg, MD at the Center for Parents and Children in NY in the late 1980s and has been integrating the KMP into her work with children, adolescents, women, families, and the elderly since 1989. Suzanne has a body-centered psychotherapy practice utilizing movement and the creative arts in the Lehigh Valley, PA ( In addition to working as a therapist, Suzanne teaches courses and offers consultation on The Kestenberg Movement Profile at Kinections in Rochester, NY, for Drexel University, PA as well as independently. She has written a chapter on the Kestenberg Movement Profile for a new book: Creative Arts Therapies Manual: A Guide to the History, Theoretical Approaches, Assessment, and Work with Special Populations of Art, Play, Dance, Music, Drama, and Poetry Therapies.

Contact Information: or phone (610) 417-0831

Melanie Johnson French (Massachusetts, USA)

Melanie Johnson French, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, RYT-200, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer has taught the KMP at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, UK; KMP theory at Kinections in Rochester, NY, is a past teaching assistant for KMP trainings in Munich, Germany and has co-presented workshops on fostering healthy psychological, emotional and relational development through the application of Kestenberg principles. She is a contributing author to The Meaning of Movement: (2018) and has published articles in the American Journal of Dance Therapy as well as her Ph.D. thesis on the tension flow rhythms of the KMP. She is past vice president for the New England Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (NEADTA) and adjunct faculty at Antioch University New England.  She is an outpatient psychotherapist and dance/ movement therapist in Boston, MA.

Ph.D., Rhythmic Movements and Feeling States, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (USA), 2018
Certified Kestenberg Movement Profiler, by the KMP Committee of Child Development Research, 2013
Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH (USA), 2010 
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and French, Bulter University, Indianapolis, IN (USA), 2004 Yoga Instructor Training and Advanced Studies, White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA (USA), 2004 & 2010 

Frances LaBarre (New York, USA)

Frances LaBarre, Ph.D., Certified KMP Analyst,
is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC where she works with individual adults, children, and couples. Dr. LaBarre is Co-director of the Parent-Infant/Toddler Research Nursery and Adjunct Professor at Pace University, and a supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She lectures and teaches both in the United States and in Europe. Her books, On Moving and Being Moved: Nonverbal Behavior in Clinical Practice, The Analytic Press, 2001, and The First Year and the Rest of Your Life: Movement, Development, and Therapeutic Change, (co-author Ruella Frank), The Analytic Press, 2011, and articles are known for her unique application of movement studies to psychotherapy.
Contact: 666 West End Avenue, Suite 1C New York, NY 10025. (212) 595-3639

Yukari Sakiyama (Nara, JAPAN)

Yukari Sakiyama, Ph. D., BC-DMT, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer, is Associate professor at Mukogawa Women’s University, Faculty of Early Childhood Education, Junior College Division. (teaching physical education and physical expressions of infants and toddlers for students who will become kindergarten or nursery school teachers).
Chair of international committee of Japan Dance Therapy Association(JADTA)
Board member of JADTA DTR from the first international alternate route at ADTA in 1997
R-DMT in 2002 and now BC-DMT
Finished Ph.D at Nara Women’s University in 2005, for a study of psychotherapeutic function of touch in dance/movement therapy
Finished all the 90 hours course by Suzanne Hastie in 2014 (written in Japanese & translated into English)

Yukari Sakiyama(2012): A pilot study of bibliographical introduction of Kestenberg Movement Profile : Focusing on Attunement, Japanese Journal of Dance Therapy 6(1), 8-
Yukari Sakiyama & Megumi Naka(2012):A Study of Learning Process and Attunement to Clients in Notation of Kestenberg Movement Profile, Bulletin of Mukogawa Women’s Univ. Humanities and Social Science,60,63-70
Yukari Sakiyama & Megumi Naka(2010): A study of interpretation for technical terms of movement analysis through Kestenberg Movement Profile, Bulletin of Mukogawa Women’s Univ. Humanities and Social Science, 58, 13-21
Yukari Sakiyama(2009): A pilot study of evaluation of children's movement -Through Kestenberg Movement Profile in Dance/Movement Therapy-, Bulletin of Mukogawa Women’s Univ. Humanities and Social Science, 57, 19-26

Translation Yukari Sakiyama & Megumi Nana(2012): Applying the Kestenberg Movement Profile in Dance/Movement Therapy : An Introduction written by Susan Loman & Mark Sossin, Japanese Journal of Dance Therapy 6(1), 37-59

Yukari Sakiyama(2012): KMP Color Wheel by Suzanne Hastie

Dott. Debora Spaiz (Bologna, ITALY)

Dott. Debora Sbaiz, MA, BC-DMT, Professional Counselor, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer. She maintains a private practice as Dance/Movement Therapist fsand Professional Counselor in Udine, Italy. She teaches non verbal communication and emotion training in Professional Counseling schools. Currently she is the KMP trainer for the Italian Dance Therapy education program at Art Therapy Italiana, Bologna, Italy.

Certified Kestenberg Movement Profiler, by the KMP Committee of Child Development Research, 2008
Professional Counselor Certification, S.I.Co, Rome, Italy - July 2004.
Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy with a minor in counseling, Antioch University New England, N.H. (USA), November 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Bologna University, Italy - November 1996

Talia Padilla (Derby, UK)

Talia Padilla, MA, RDMP, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer is a lecturer in the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Derby, UK, where she teaches the Movement Observation and Analysis; and Research, Theory and Skills modules, and is a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP), UK. She completed the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Derby in 2013 and became a certified Kestenberg Movement Profiler by the KMP committee in March 2016. Research interests include caregiver-child relationship; cultural differences in movement in the migrant community; trauma and the body. She has broad experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings such as mainstream primary school; palliative care unit at a hospital; special education and rehabilitation center; perinatal center; and refugee services at the British Red Cross.
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Mary Coaten (UK)

Mary Coaten M.Sc., M.A., RDMP, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer is a registered dance movement psychotherapist working within the National Health Service in the UK. She has primarily worked in acute adult in-patient mental health settings and has a special interest in acute psychosis.
At present she is undertaking doctoral studies at Durham University where she is researching the therapeutic mechanism of the dance movement psychotherapy process during the acute psychotic phase. She is using the Kestenberg Movement Profile as one of her primary outcome measures in this research. Her specific focus is the connection between the use of space, weight and abnormal timing experiences in the acute psychotic phase.

She also works as a dance movement psychotherapist within a community mental health team, working with individuals with complex mental health issues, primarily trauma-based.
Having completed her training in KMP with Melanie Johnson and Susan Loman at Edgehill University, UK she became a certified Kestenberg Movement Profiler by the KMP committee in 2017.

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Sally Reid (UK)

Sally Reid, MA, RDMP, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer achieved her Master’s degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Derby and is registered with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP) UK for which she is also a member of the Education and Training Committee.  Sally is a Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts at the University of Derby teaching across modules on the Masters degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and the Undergraduate Joint Honours degree in Dance and Movement Studies.  She became a Kestenberg Movement Profiler by the KMP Committee in 2018 and is interested in using KMP methods within research.  Her research interests focus on the wellbeing of young people particularly in relation to traumatic experiences.  Sally also works within a charity providing therapeutic support for young people (aged 10-19) using movement, dance and other creative as well as verbal methods.  She has previous experience working within a secondary pupil referral unit for young people with social, emotional, behavioural and medical difficulties; also with adults receiving palliative care, elderly clients with dementia and infants (presenting with insecure attachment difficulties) and their primary caregiver.
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Janka Kormos (Hungary)

Janka Kormos, doctoral student at the University of Pecs (Hungary) of Theoretical Psychoanalysis Doctoral Programme studying the psychoanalytic foundations of the KMP and its applications in the field of substance addictions. Janka  has an MA in Social Work and an MA in Dance-Movement Psychotherapy from University of Derby, UK. Janka has 5 years of experience working with substance misusers as a social worker. Janka developed the therapeutic programme for the Young Women’s Housing project - Sexual Abuse Service in Sheffield and currently works in private practice in Germany. Janka became a KMP analyst & trainer in 2018 and publishes in English and Hungarian about the KMP aiming to introduce the theory and practice of the KMP to the dance-movement therapy field of Hungary. She is passionate about the multidisciplinary applications of the KMP in areas of social work, education, youth work and performance. Janka’s research interests are embodied practices, transdisciplinary approaches within arts based research, phenomenology, movement studies, developmental psychology and critical education theory. Janka has received the New Researcher Award  in 2019 for her publication on watery embodiment in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy Journal. She teaches the KMP in The Netherlands, Germany and Hungary.
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Peng Zhiyan (Ada)- (Beijing, China)

Psychological counsellor in private practice, Certified Dance Therapist of the BTD (Berufsverband
der Tanztherapeutlnnen Deutschlands e.V.), Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer, TRE® Provider
(Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises), Registered Circle of Security Parenting
©Facilitator(COSP™ ).
Since 2009, she has started clinical psychological counseling work with adults and children. Since
2017, she had begun to provide dance therapy individual and group sessions in psychiatric
hospitals, mainly with patients suffering from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and
eating disorder, which had lasted for nearly three years.
Since 2018, she had launched the first integrated dance therapy-oriented infant observation
program over multiple families in China, with the frequency of once a week and the duration of
two years. Since 2020, she and her team have started the Mind&Body integrated parent-child
care project, in which she has worked with each family by giving feedback on videos provided by
the family, to facilitate the parents’ understanding about the parent-child relationship through
non-verbal information and clues, and to provide parenting support with her own integrated
training experiences.
Author of the BTD Certified Dance Therapist thesis "KMP Shaping in Vertical Plane for Culture-
induced Obedience in Authority Relationship: Evidence from Chinese Xiao (‘Filial Piety’) Culture"
(2016), supervised by Suzanne Bender
Co-author of "Dancing Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Individual Cases" (2017, China
Light Industry Press)
Co-author and co-editor of "Dancing Therapy - Dialogue between Dance and Mind" (2018, China
Intellectual Property Publishing House)
Co-translator of the Chinese version of "The Meaning of Movement - Embodied Developmental,
Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile", scheduled to be
published by Shanghai Music Publishing House in 2022

Karolina Bryl (New York, USA)

Karolina Bryl, PhD, DMP/R-DMT, CMA, RSMT/E, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer 
Dr. Bryl is a certified dance movement psychotherapist (Polish Institute of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy), registered dance/movement therapist (American Dance Therapy Association), certified Laban Movement Analyst (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies), registered Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association), educator and a researcher.
Dr. Bryl has received her Ph.D. in Creative Arts Therapies from Drexel University (2018), and fulfilled her postdoctoral training in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University (2018-2021). In addition, she holds an M.S. in Tourism and Recreation, with a major in Psychosomatic Regeneration and a specialization in Kinesigerontoprophylactics from the Academy of Physical Education, Cracow, Poland (2009); and a B.A. in Dance from University of Knowledge, Kielce, Poland (2009). She has completed the International Psychoanalytical Association Research Training Program at Yale University (2015) and the Contemporary Freudian Society Psychoanalytic Fellowship (2015-2016). In addition, she holds certificates in Dance Improvisation, Movement and the Symbolism of the Body (Institute of Dance and Movement Dynamics, Essen, Germany; 2011).
As a clinician, she has led dance/movement psychotherapy and somatic therapy sessions with children on the autism spectrum, children who have suffered neglect and abuse, and adults with serious mental illness both in psychiatric settings and private practice. As an educator, Dr. Bryl teaches dance/movement therapy and movement observation and analysis courses globally including China, India, Poland and the US. As a researcher, she is interested in the complexities of health and functioning, the role that creative arts therapies can play in treatment, and nonverbal behavior and the body’s relevance to psychic processes.
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Christina Martines (Netherlands and Italy)

Cristina Martines, MA in Psychology, Certified DMT-ER, Certified KMP Analyst & Trainer.
Cristina is a certified Dance Movement Therapist (DMT-ER), KMP Analyst & Trainer, Expressive Arts Counsellor and Clinical and Community Psychologist.
She also studied dance and performed as a dancer since a very young age.
In Italy, Cristina worked as a psychologist focusing on the body-mind relationship, integrating expressive arts with counselling. She implemented theatre projects involving psychiatric patients, worked as an art counsellor in semi-residential centres with multicultural teenagers.
She also designed and led many educational projects in schools aimed at promoting social inclusion and dropout prevention through movement and creative arts.
Since 2011 she is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she works for her company Kokoro Danse, leading dance movement therapy sessions and workshops.
Her main focus is on migrants and expats, with the mission of promoting their wellbeing and social inclusion in the community.
She is currently collaborating with the Italian DMT-ER school, as a member of the thesis defence committee and by leading KMP workshops.
She recently contributed to the book “A Dance for Communities” (Una Danza per le Comunità) with an article on her multi-year Dance Movement Therapy experience with expats in the Netherlands.
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