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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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

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 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

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
 

Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, since 2016

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

I am a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT) and gained this certification through two and a half years of masters training, clinical practice, and supervision.

— Avi Vodnoy Wolf, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in CHICAGO, IL

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
 

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

I am specifically trained in vinyasa and mainly do work in the restorative area of yoga. When Covid hit, I suddenly found myself at home with two young, rambunctious kids and a house that felt like it was caving in on me. Yoga became a daily healing tool for me and I found myself wanting to help others find the same peace I did. I have been practicing yoga since 2016 and became a registered yoga teacher in 2020. Yoga is not about jamming the body into poses, its about loving the body as it is.

— Jordan Conner, Art Therapist in Florence, SC
 

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.

— Glitter Parsigian, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

I am a board certified dance/movement therapist who uses movement interventions to help you get in touch with your body to heal your mind. Stress, anxiety, depression and trauma not only affect our minds but manifest in our body. For example, when we are anxious, our heart begins to race or we feel butterflies in our stomach. Dance/movement therapy interventions recognize the mind body connection and are essential in helping you and your family recover.

— Dahlia Rifkin, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

I have a master's degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling and have worked in a variety of settings such as psychiatric hospitals, schools, and community mental health.

— Kellyn Jackson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

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
 

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

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,