Professional Counselling

Non-Member Referrals Available for All Dancers

Practical and Emotional Support

Moving to a new city, starting a family, establishing a company, going back to school –  these are just some of the many transitions dancers may make throughout their dance careers. Our counselling program provides practical guidance, and emotional and psychological support to dancers in transition.  Dancers are matched with counsellors who have extensive experience working with performing artists, and who understand that each dancer’s transition is a unique and individual process.

Types of Counselling Offered

Counselling is offered in 6 areas:
Personal Counselling, Career Counselling, Financial Counselling, Legal Counselling, Employability Coaching, Entrepreneurship Coaching.

Dancers meet with counsellors on a one-to-one basis and all counselling sessions are confidential. The types of counselling offered in each geographic region may vary. Contact your regional office or representative to learn about the counselling available in your region. Ask about our counselling subsidy program.


Any dancer seeking counselling may contact the DTRC for a referral.

Dancers who are also DTRC members may access up to 20 hour-long sessions throughout the duration of their membership.  To be eligible for funding, members must contact the DTRC before seeing a counsellor.  After members have talked about their request with the DTRC, they will be matched with an appropriate counsellor from the DTRC’s roster.

Counselling Services

what we offer

  • Career

    Career counsellors can help dancers explore their skills, abilities, values and interests; identify career options within and outside the dance profession; create an effective career plan; build job-search and interview skills; etc.

  • Financial

    Financial advisors can discuss how to manage money, create budgets, save for the future, etc.
    Referrals to financial advisors are for consulting and advising purposes only. Any additional services will not be covered by the DTRC.

  • Legal

    Legal counsellors on our roster can provide information and advice on a variety of legal matters.
    Referrals to legal advisors are for consulting and advising purposes only.
    Any additional services will not be given by the legal advisor or covered by the DTRC.

  • Personal

    Personal counsellors – including psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists – can help dancers address personal concerns and resolve issues that may be impacting their careers.

    Subsidy Program: This is intended to work with members who have sought out their own counseling services, and can be subsidized by the DTRC at $100/session. This request must be approved by the membership or regional managers.

  • Employability Coaching

    DTRC now offers a new counselling stream to assist professional artists in finding ideal part time employment that best supports the busy lifestyle of the working dancer. Learn how to identify your transferrable skills on your resume. Write a great cover letter and hone your interview skills.

  • Entrepreneurship Coaching

    Professional coaching to help transform your idea into your own parallel career business. Learn the tools to create a successful business plan, marketing and sales strategies. For already established entrepreneurs take an assessment and learn how to grow your business with the support of a coach.

Counselling Intake Form

Are you already connected to a counsellor and would like more information on the subsidy program?
What type of counselling would you like to access?

Join the DTRC Today

Gain access to our counseling services.
Visit our registration page and become a member.