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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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

Tina holds a certificate of Circus Arts Therapy from the Circus Arts Institute. Modalities include Trapeze, Hammock and Lyra. She has trained and performed as a dancer-actor in ballet, modern, African Diaspora since the age of 4.

— Tina Anderson, Occupational Therapist in Austin, TX
 

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, since 2016

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

As a dance/movement therapist, my hope is to support you in reconnecting your body and your mind. When our mind and body is split, we can feel separated and disconnected from ourselves. Our bodies hold all of the experiences it has ever had. I want to help you find safety and home inside of your body while you heal and become a more fully integrated, authentic version of yourself.

— Stephanie Kilper, Creative Art Therapist in Naperville, IL
 

We experience life with our bodies & eating disorders, while definitely mental disorders are also a fight between the body, mind, and soul. To only focus on the mind leaves much out of the recovery equation. Don’t get me wrong, I love talk therapy (I better since I'm a therapist), but I also believe there are times talking can only go so far. Yoga is a unique healing modality, offering individuals safe, supported, healing practices & tools to navigate the challenges of recovery.

— Tessa Gordon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 Seminole, FL
 

Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is the use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of you. Dance/Movement therapists use movement to access things that are not accessible verbally. DMT is unique because it provides a clinical lens to see you as a whole person, to have visibility into understanding and diagnosing areas in the body that are exhibiting stress, trauma, or disconnection.

— Kristen Crowe, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

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
 

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