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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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

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

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

Life is challenging, at best. For many, our bodies have become functional vessels to just carry us through our busy and often overwhelmed lives. Most people are not aware of how much our bodies reflect the challenges within and without. Women and girls especially are taught to disconnect from their bodies, often manifesting shame, low self esteem, and poor body image.Our bodies carry and hold our life stories from birth on.

— Nada Khodlova, Creative Art Therapist in Beacon, NY

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 am a registered dance/movement therapist and learning how the body reacts to emotions, tensions and movements can strengthen your mind/body connection creating a deeper understanding of the unique language of your body.

— Katie Hochleutner, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

As a Dance/Movement Therapist I find that engaging in a movement practice can open us up to emotions that are deeply rooted in our subconscious. It can help to reconnect with our bodies and it invites us to find meaning without using words. This is a practice that welcomes all bodies and abilities. Dance experience is not required! Just an openness to the process.

— Lauren Imlay-Rosario, Student Therapist in Bridgton, ME

Through dancing my whole life and later integrating therapeutic techniques into movement, I realized the deep connection between mind, body, and relationships or how we orient with the world. Experiencing trauma can cause memories to be coded in a physical place in your body where movement can activate the nonverbal memories to allow for deeper processing and provide a movement based intervention to help increase neurotransmitters and endorphins that increase mood.

— Katie Banks, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA

M.S Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with 10+ years of experience using the body as a resource for healing and recovery.

— Jennifer Sterling, Creative Art Therapist in , NY

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 - Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

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. Currently, I run a group teaching self-regulation yoga to survivors of sexual assault. I am passionate about yogic philosophy and developing a relationship that allows you listen to your body. By implementing 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