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 (DMT) is a creative therapy similar to art or music therapy that uses movement as a tool to help clients express themselves, relieve stress, and create or practice wholesome habits that improve quality of life. Sessions could include what you’d typically think of as dance, but more often focus on everyday movements and body awareness. Participants in my sessions often report greater feelings of vitality and joy.

— Colleen Donaldson, Licensed Professional Counselor in West Allis, WI
 

Felt sense exploration through movement inquiries.

— Jessica Provenza, Counselor in Napa, CA

To quote a pioneer of the field : "Movement is a basic form of communication that provides us with opportunities for socialization, the development of community and the experience of expressing our aliveness and our innermost thoughts and feelings." - Nana Koch Your mind might know the feeling, but your body is the feeler. The body comes with you everywhere in life. It lives and embodies the life you live. It is time you honor and listen to it 🌼

— Erin Howe MA, BC-DMT, CRM, Therapist in Oceanside, CA
 

Dance/movement Therapy (DMT) is a creative therapy similar to art or music therapy that uses movement as a tool to help clients express themselves, relieve stress, and create or practice wholesome habits that improve quality of life. Sessions could include what you’d typically think of as dance, but more often focus on everyday movements and body awareness. Participants in my sessions often report greater feelings of vitality and joy.

— Colleen Donaldson, Licensed Professional Counselor in West Allis, WI

When I decided to become a Creative Arts Therapist, I was not sure what modality to focus on. I decided to pursue Dance/Movement because I felt an urgency and curiosity about deepening my connection with my own physical body. As I have studied and practiced this work, I have been honored and humbled to witness and support folx in exploring and relishing in this connection. Our bodies hold so much feeling for us, but only when we are aware of its capacity and expansiveness can we utilize it.

— Madeleine Rose Parsigian, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

Dance/movement Therapy (DMT) is a creative therapy similar to art or music therapy that uses movement as a tool to help clients express themselves, relieve stress, and create or practice wholesome habits that improve quality of life. Sessions could include what you’d typically think of as dance, but more often focus on everyday movements and body awareness. Participants in my sessions often report greater feelings of vitality and joy.

— Colleen Donaldson, Licensed Professional Counselor in West Allis, WI

D/MT stands for Dance/Movement Therapy. It is both a Somatic and Creative Arts psychotherapeutic modality that uses body movement as part of the counseling process.

— Kendall Hagensen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

Felt sense exploration through movement inquiries.

— Jessica Provenza, Counselor in Napa, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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