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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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

Throughout my life, I have held countless positions in the field of dance and movement. I have been a conscious dance facilitator for over a decade. Before I attended graduate school, I had a private somatic practice in which I engaged clients in embodiment sessions in a dance studio setting, often accompanied by music. I love incorporating movement into my somatic sessions with therapy clients.

— Liberty Flidais, Psychotherapist in SANTA CRUZ, CA

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 Oakland, CA

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

My Master's in Dance/Movement Therapy allows me to support you (and your kiddo) with more nonverbal tools - whether that's in play, self-expression, or identifying where emotions are felt in the body.

— Eva Glaser, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO

Dance therapy is effective for several reasons. It combines physical movement with emotional expression, allowing individuals to access and release emotions that may be difficult to express verbally. Dancing activates the body-mind connection, promoting self-awareness and self-expression. The rhythmic movements, music, and creativity involved in dance can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase feelings of joy and vitality. Dance therapy also promotes physical health and flexibility.

— Jacob Bolton, Therapist in Albemarle, NC

As a yoga instructor, I have seen and experienced the power of breath, movement, and stretching to increase the connection between your mind and body. I am passionate about yogic philosophy and developing a relationship that allows you to listen to your body. By implementing mindfulness, grounding exercises and guided meditations, I provide space for you to be present and learn to be comfortable with discomfort.

— Kerry Murphy, Student Therapist in Denver, CO

In my dance/movement therapy work, I use body awareness and movement to help my clients get out of their heads and into their bodies as a whole, furthering the body/mind connection. Movement is our first language and it can express what may be too difficult to express with words alone. Overall, I am passionate about helping my clients expand their movement life (whatever way that may be) as a way of self expression, healing, and empowerment.

— Brandi Reinhard-Ferrese, Counselor in Bozeman, MT

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 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, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,