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

I am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, holding the highest certification in the field. With over 10 years of experience in private practice, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient treatment centers, I have a wide range of skills to help you move through the painful experiences in your life.

— Jennifer Giuglianotti, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

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

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

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 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 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
 

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

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
 

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

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 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

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 am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, holding the highest certification in the field. With over 10 years of experience in private practice, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient treatment centers, I have a wide range of skills to help you move through the painful experiences in your life.

— Jennifer Giuglianotti, Therapist in Brooklyn, NY

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