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“There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning; it is that which can liberate us.”

– Mary Starks Whitehouse

Dance/Movement Therapy

** All sessions now online or outdoors **

Psychotherapy using the mind-body connection

I blend an awareness of body signals and sensations with traditional talk therapy. Through the use of simple movement practices, yoga, and mindfulness, I guide clients toward fully experiencing what arises in session and moving with it. Through verbal and physical expression clients gain deeper self-understanding. Once an experience is internally understood, it becomes easier to communicate with and connect to others.

Individual dance/movement therapy sessions

I use a combination of dance/movement therapy and traditional talk therapy to address a wide variety of issues. All experiences are held in the body, and so I encourage clients to turn towards the body to find strengths, heal wounds, and discover space to grow.

My fee is $115 for a 50 minute session, some limited sliding scale slots may be available. Payments are due at the beginning of the session. Check or cash accepted. I do not accept insurance, but invoices are provided upon request for out-of-network submissions.

Why online therapy?

  • To “flatten the curve” and protect our community during coronavirus.
  • No need to cancel appointments if you are: feeling unwell, taking care of family members, or caring for children,
  • Its often more comfortable to open up in the familiar comfort of one’s own home. Some people feel less inhibited talking about vulnerable issues online rather than face to face.
  • Clients in their own homes have access to family members they may want to involve in treatment.
  • No commute! Cozy up with whatever makes you comfortable, grab a favorite blanket and make some tea if you’d like
  • So what are the concerns? Some common concerns of people considering online therapy are that the therapy will feel “impersonal” or somehow wont be as effective as face-to-face therapy. My online therapy clients express that while online therapy may feel a little strange at first, they do get used to it quickly. Research shows that internet-based therapy is comparable to in-person therapy in satisfaction and effectiveness across diverse populations.

Why Therapy Outdoors?

  • My office is in Ecovillage, Ithaca, surrounded by 3 ponds, fields, and lots of woods. Here we can continue with face-to-face therapy with the healing benefits of nature, while maintaining social distancing.
  • Nature is always changing, and shows us how we can change and learn to adapt and flow.
  • There is space outdoors for lots of movement from walking with your therapist to stretching to expressive movement.
  • Fresh air and sunshine help boost mood and the immune system.

So what are the concerns? It is weather-dependent, and may need to be rescheduled or transferred to an online session. Privacy can not be guaranteed, though we can find secluded areas and change topics were a passerby to come along. People in the community might know I’m a therapist, but they wouldn’t know whether you are in therapy, which is similar to being in my waiting room.

 

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Why try dance/movement therapy?

We call emotions “feelings” because they are experienced physically first, and then words are put to what is felt. If talking yourself out of uncomfortable feelings isn’t working, you may want to try this body-based psychotherapy.

All emotions are needed for full self-expression. Just as a dancer needs a full range of motion, and an artist needs every color; mental health comes from the ability to access and express a wide range of emotions in order to connect to others. The importance of the body in mental health cannot be overemphasized. Neurological studies show that the pain of emotional separation registers the same way as physical pain (Panksepp 2003). Depression, anxiety, loneliness – they actually hurt.

What does a dance/movement therapy session look like?

Sessions look very different, depending on how the client would like to work. Some sessions may look a lot like talk therapy; the client remains seated, shares their story and concerns, and I guide them to notice physical sensations, gestures, and imagery. Other sessions may include simple, guided movement exercises, such as walking across the floor while noticing the movement of the joints. Some are more active using props such as scarves or stretchy cloth to move through the space exploring patterns with or without music.

What is dance/movement therapy?

“Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.”

– American Dance Therapy Association

Read more about dance/movement therapy here: American Dance/Movement Therapy Association

Who is dance/movement therapy for?

Everyone. No movement experience or practice of any kind is required. All ages and abilities can benefit from dance/movement therapy. I have worked with clients with addiction, anxiety, autism, depression, OCD, ADHD, relationship concerns, those seeking more clarity and growth, to increase wellness, and much more. I work with both adults and children, individual clients, couples, families, and groups.