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. 

Meet the specialists

Utilizing dance & movement as psychotherapy to support emotional, intellectual, and physical healing.

— Ketki Chavan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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,

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

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
 

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

Felt sense exploration through movement inquiries.

— Jessica Provenza, Counselor in Napa, CA
 

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

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
 

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
 

Dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. Dance/movement therapy is: Focused on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy.

— Elissaveta Iordanova, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

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 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

Move your body and clear your mind! I am a Certified Personal Trainer and I use endorphins released by exercise to enhance the effects of therapy in sequence with holistic therapy.

— Faith Stevens, Counselor in Knoxville, TN
 

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