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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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

As a yoga teacher I incorporate yogic philosophy as well as asana (postures), mindfulness, and meditation into sessions.

— Kyla Winlow, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I use Dance/movement therapy alongside psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I use kinesthetic empathy to help give me more information about the client and how they are showing up that day. Our movement and body tells us so much that words alone cannot. This is why I find it to be an extra layer of being able to see clients and help them create healing. DMT helps create somatic healing. I will help you learn to regulate your nervous system which I find to be great for anxiety and PTSD.

— Moira Dalton, Creative Art Therapist in , NY

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 use Dance/movement therapy alongside psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. I use kinesthetic empathy to help give me more information about the client and how they are showing up that day. Our movement and body tells us so much that words alone cannot. This is why I find it to be an extra layer of being able to see clients and help them create healing. DMT helps create somatic healing. I will help you learn to regulate your nervous system which I find to be great for anxiety and PTSD.

— Moira Dalton, Creative Art Therapist in , NY

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

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