Dance / Movement Therapy

Dance / movement therapy (DMT), sometimes called "movement psychotherapy," is the therapeutic use of movement and/or dance to better integrate the intellectual, emotional, and physical aspects of the body for improved health and well-being. This therapeutic practice dates back to the 1940s and is grounded in the idea that changes in the body are closely tied to changes in the mind. DMT includes everything from yoga, to traditional dance, to simple stretching. It is often used to help support eating disorder recovery, improve body image, self-esteem, and develop communication skills. DMT is not just dancing, or just another form of exercise. A therapist specializing in DMT will be trained to read your movements, body language, and other nonverbal cues to address your specific needs. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s DMT specialists today. 

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As a dance teacher, I believe deeply in the profound connection between the mind and the body. In Western culture, we are often out of touch with our bodies. Athletes are taught to push through pain, and our culture is often so fast-paced, we don't take time to check in, to breathe deeply, and to locate where we hold our tension. We only get one, so how can we learn to listen, to cherish, and to nurture our own unique body?

— Rayna Milner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OK

The tension, stress, and negative memories are often held physically in our bodies. Have you ever noticed when you are stressed you might have shoulder pain, a clenched jaw, or a headache? Yoga-informed therapy sessions may consist of talk therapy, mindfulness techniques, breath work, and yoga. Through this combination of techniques, you will gain the tools to regulate your nervous system, integrate your experiences in mind/body/spirit, and overcome the obstacles that are holding you back.

— Kristie Powell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL

Dance/movement therapy offers a space for people to listen to their bodies and let them express what's been held inside. In dance/movement therapy, the definition of dance is very broad, from stillness and breath, to gestures and facial expressions, and to improvised and choreographed movement. No previous dance experience is necessary. All you need to do is to stay curious of your internal experience. Any body movement and expression will be welcome and appreciated.

— Junko Araki, Licensed Professional Counselor in Silver Spring, MD

As a board-certified dance/movement therapist, I strongly believe in the healing power of the mind/body connection. Because we experience the world through our body, every emotion, thought and interaction impacts us on a physical level. By increasing awareness of our thoughts and physical sensations in relation to our inner and outer world, we can more readily access ways of feeling grounded and empowered in our lives.

— Genevieve Fuller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

I am a board certified dance/movement therapist with over 14 years experience in a variety of settings. Dance/movement therapy’s premise is that the mind and body are connected and that by working with the body you will help your mind. Many of us are excellent at talking but not so good at feeling. So when we go to traditional talk therapy we can explain and describe what is happening over and over but not make much progress in feeling our actual emotions. Dance/movement therapy allows

— Lisa Manca, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

I have a master's degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling and have worked in a variety of settings such as psychiatric hospitals, schools, and community mental health.

— Kellyn Jackson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

To quote a pioneer of the field : "Movement is a basic form of communication that provides us with opportunities for socialization, the development of community and the experience of expressing our aliveness and our innermost thoughts and feelings." - Nana Koch Your mind might know the feeling, but your body is the feeler. The body comes with you everywhere in life. It lives and embodies the life you live. It is time you honor and listen to it 🌼

— Erin Howe MA, BC-DMT, CRM, Therapist in Oceanside, CA

I am also a competitive dance instructor, which is why I love to incorporate movement into therapy when possible. I believe that movement can be very healing!

— Christina Jolokai (Perspectives Therapy Services), Marriage & Family Therapist in Brighton, MI

I am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, holding the highest certification in the field. With over 10 years of experience in private practice, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient treatment centers, I have a wide range of skills to help you move through the painful experiences in your life.

— Jennifer Giuglianotti, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

I am a board certified dance/movement therapist who uses movement interventions to help you get in touch with your body to heal your mind. Stress, anxiety, depression and trauma not only affect our minds but manifest in our body. For example, when we are anxious, our heart begins to race or we feel butterflies in our stomach. Dance/movement therapy interventions recognize the mind body connection and are essential in helping you and your family recover.

— Dahlia Rifkin, Licensed Professional Counselor

Dance/movement Therapy (DMT) is a creative therapy similar to art or music therapy that uses movement as a tool to help clients express themselves, relieve stress, and create or practice wholesome habits that improve quality of life. Sessions could include what you’d typically think of as dance, but more often focus on everyday movements and body awareness. Participants in my sessions often report greater feelings of vitality and joy.

— Colleen Donaldson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Milwaukee, WI

My extensive background in dance has helped me learn the body/mind connection. I am certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth.

— Kristen Shearer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boise,

Life is challenging, at best. For many, our bodies have become functional vessels to just carry us through our busy and often overwhelmed lives. Most people are not aware of how much our bodies reflect the challenges within and without. Women and girls especially are taught to disconnect from their bodies, often manifesting shame, low self esteem, and poor body image.Our bodies carry and hold our life stories from birth on.

— Nada Khodlova, Creative Art Therapist in Brewster, NY