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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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

I hold an MA in Dance/movement therapy and am a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. 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

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 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

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 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

Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement in therapy. Our bodies hold experiences we have had in life, and learning ways to become more aware of our felt experiences and increase our body awareness is important work. A session with a DMT might include noticing tension in the body as a “check-in” then exploring where this tension is from and how the body can release. This could be a skill you take into life to notice and cope with feelings throughout the day.

— Katie Wild, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

Dance/movement therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as, "the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a modality of the creative arts therapies, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion." I hold a master's degree from an ADTA approved program at Drexel University.

— Caroline Kinsley, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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 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

I am trained in the art of yoga and meditation, as well as, mindfulness-based and cognitive based therapies, which I have found to be effective for clients who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety.

— Samantha Bastianelli (Perspectives Therapy Services), Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Brighton, MI

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 his 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

I use dance and movement therapy to help clients connect with their emotions differently, and uncover things they may have trouble accessing otherwise.

— Megan "Megz" Roberts Roberts, Therapist in Chicago, IL