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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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

I use Dance/movement therapy alongside psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I use kinesthetic empathy to help give me more information about the client and how they are showing up that day. Our movement and body tells us so much that words alone cannot. This is why I find it to be an extra layer of being able to see clients and help them create healing. DMT helps create somatic healing. I will help you learn to regulate your nervous system which I find to be great for anxiety and PTSD.

— Moira Dalton, Creative Art Therapist in , NY
 

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, since 2016

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 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
 

I use Dance/movement therapy alongside psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I use kinesthetic empathy to help give me more information about the client and how they are showing up that day. Our movement and body tells us so much that words alone cannot. This is why I find it to be an extra layer of being able to see clients and help them create healing. DMT helps create somatic healing. I will help you learn to regulate your nervous system which I find to be great for anxiety and PTSD.

— Moira Dalton, Creative Art Therapist in , NY
 

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,

My primary modality is Yoga Therapy, and each session has talking, movement and meditation. The body is the gateway to our inner world, and we use the body as a a key tool in healing and integration. Sometimes this can include yoga poses, or you might create your own intuitive shapes that express what is happening in your body, mind and heart. This work can also entail feeling sensations move through the body with awareness, but not actual movement. Each session is uniquely tailored to you.

— Laura Humpf, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

Dance-Movement Therapy is an embodied psychotherapy where we resource into the body to explore, experience, discover and celebrate our deepest truths. Every experience we’ve ever had is recorded and held in the body. When we tap into the body’s wisdom through body-based exercises, movement explorations, breathing techniques and meditation, materials stored deep within can surface to be witnessed, learned from, and integrated, leading to profound insights, healing, growth and change.

— Ricki Grater, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

As a yoga teacher I incorporate yogic philosophy as well as asana (postures), mindfulness, and meditation into sessions.

— Kyla Winlow, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

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
 

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual, for the purpose of improving well-being. It is typically viewed as a more holistic approach to healing as it DTM asserts that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. Dance therapy can be effective in the treatment of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and disordered eating.

— Mira Cantrick, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

I am a Board Eligible Dance/Movement Therapist, under the supervision of Lauren Higgins, BC-DMT. I expect to receive Board Certification in 2022. I was trained at the Pratt Institute, NY, NY, with additional training from Kinections, and Suzanne Hastie, KMPA. I am a Professional Member of the American Dance Therapy Association.

— Melissa Meade, in Chattanooga, TN

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