photo: Sandra Jayne Taylor

Dance Movement Therapy is an alternative form of psychotherapy utilizing movement and dance to integrate emotional, cognitive, physical and social issues. Each individual's movement patterns represent movement preferences in personality as well as history of injury and genetics. Psychological stress or wellbeing also reflects on the body, and can create patterns of changes.

Through support and guidance, the individual's movement patterns are explored. As people, we want to work towards a higher state of wellness, but can become stuck in old patterns. Dance/movement therapy work can free these patterns. Practiced in both individual and group settings, DMT is found in health care settings, hospitals, schools, and private practice dance/movement therapists work with a wide variety of clients including people who are emotionally distressed, people with learning difficulties, those with physical or mental illness and people who want to use the medium for personal growth.

The origins of dance as a healing art have been utilized throughout history. Therapists today incorporate dance, movement & psychological theories and therapeutic practices developed primarily in Europe and the U.S.A. The profession is also informed by continuing international research.

Who is DMT for?

  • DMT is an appropriate mode of therapy for everyone. DMT is for people who want to enhance personal communication skills, self-exploration or self-understanding.
  • DMT is particularly effective for populations in which traditional forms of psychotherapy may not reach non-verbal behavior as effectively. These populations include autism, trauma, and anxiety issues.
Benefits of DMT
  • increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy.
  • experiencing links between thought, feelings and actions.
  • increasing and rehearsing adaptive coping behaviors.
  • expressing and managing overwhelming feelings or thoughts.

Dance Movement Therapy may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of on-going treatment, rehabilitation or education. The therapy can be short or long term and is available for adults and children. Dance movement therapists undergo rigorous training at the Master's level and are licensed in New York State to practice under the title, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT).