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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Every small movement, gesture, even your energy level are an expression of who you are, what you’re feeling, and what you have lived through. In session I’ll observe your movements and how they change based on our conversations, also match your energy level and respond with my own body in ways to support what you’re feeling. The movements are a tool and intervention to help you access your unconscious patterns and move towards a place of healing.

— Kimberly Bevans, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in West Roxbury, MA

This is a creative and somatic method that invites in body awareness as well as expressive movement. Movement signifies vitality, change, adaptability, and is the opposite of stuckness and stagnation. When we mindfully allow thoughts and emotions to move, we can ride the waves of life with grace.

— Lauren Pass Erickson, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

I trained as a Dance/Movement Therapist at Lesley University. Additionally, I completed an intensive 2 year training in the practice of Authentic Movement. I always offer my clients the option of movement during sessions. My approach to therapy is heavily inspired by the theoretical foundations of DMT: I recognize and celebrate strengths, meet each client in the present moment, and inherently trust in the wisdom of the body.

— Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, since 2016

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

I am a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT). I studied under elite dance/movement therapists in the field and have cultivated my own relationship to my body, so that I can provide the same for others. Dance/Movement Therapy (D/MT) is a time where we get to be with our body with intention and authenticity. D/MT is a somatic therapy and can look and shape itself into many forms as each body has its own layout. Thus, D/MT sessions will not look the same for everyone.

— Peter Navarro, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I believe that the body has wisdom and that is has its own innate capacity for creative expression and communication. Dance and movement therapy is my primary therapeutic modality of choice to help you both find your body's own creativity and connect with your body's intergenerational wisdom. I feel the therapeutic work can be the most beneficial in this non-verbal, creative, highly relational, and often playful place.

— Caitlyn Gilmore, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Seattle, WA

I earned a M.S. degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute. I specialize in Dance/Movement Therapy psycho-therapeutic interventions designed to assist with symptoms caused by trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem & chemical dependency. Dance Movement Therapy incorporates both verbal and non-verbal techniques, providing variety to support self-expression & increase self-awareness.

— Tamara Hunter, Counselor in Douglasville, GA

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

I am specifically trained in vinyasa and mainly do work in the restorative area of yoga. When Covid hit, I suddenly found myself at home with two young, rambunctious kids and a house that felt like it was caving in on me. Yoga became a daily healing tool for me and I found myself wanting to help others find the same peace I did. I have been practicing yoga since 2016 and became a registered yoga teacher in 2020. Yoga is not about jamming the body into poses, its about loving the body as it is.

— Jordan Conner, Art Therapist in Florence, SC

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

We may use body movement as a way of exploring feelings and intrapersonal Staes and forms of expression beyond what words can express. You do not need dance training or to be "good" at dance.

— Ames Capomacchio, Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

DMT is the therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual, based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected. Movement is used as a catalyst, and a means into the person's inner feelings and a way to express, cope, interact with others, and integrate their experiences. Is it fancy? No! Movement&dance can be anything from breathing, posture, communicating, the way we hold ourselves.

— Kim Stevens, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA