About Us

Hancock Center AboutHancock Center is a unique non-profit organization created in 1983. It offers a range of creative arts therapies (also known as expressive arts therapies), involving dance/movement, art, music, and drama.

Therapy sessions are offered to people of all ages and abilities. Clients seek services both independently and in collaboration with other professionals. Programs and outreach services can also be developed for schools and other agencies.

Hancock Center works closely with local organizations and professionals. We receive referrals from public and private social service agencies, hospitals, community programs, educational facilities, and mental health providers.


Issues that our clients have addressed include:

  • Stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, phobias
  • Parenting, family & couple issues, divorce, adoption, attachment
  • Sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse
  • Autism, cognitive delays, learning disabilities, ADHD
  • Gender issues
  • Neurological and/or memory problems
  • Food and eating concerns
  • Postpartum depression
  • Psychological adjustment to medical procedures and chronic medical conditions
  • Life transitions, loss and grief, aging

Hancock Center is located on a residential street in downtown Madison, a few blocks from the state capitol. Facilities in this century old house include two spacious movement studios, offices, and a reference library. Hancock Center acknowledges that it occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial and in an 1832 treaty were forced to cede. The Hancock Center recognizes and respects the inherent sovereignty, vibrancy, and strength of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other eleven Native Nations within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin.

Vision Statement

Hancock Center for Creative Arts Therapies will be at the forefront of moving communities toward greater resiliency and wellbeing.

Mission Statement

Hancock Center for Creative Arts Therapies supports the healthy potential of individuals, families, and groups through psychotherapy-based experiences involving movement, art, music, and drama. We are committed to serving people regardless of their ability to pay.

Basic Information

Hancock Center offers a sliding fee scale for therapy services, upon request. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; therapy hours are by appointment. Call us (608) 251-0908. Our fax number is (608) 251-0939. E-mail us at info@hancockcenter.org.


Hancock Center for Creative Arts Therapies is a non-profit supporting organization of the Marian Chace Foundation, the charitable branch of the American Dance Therapy Association. Hancock Center is a United Way partner agency.

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