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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

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.

Sessions for families

I guide families in identifying unhelpful patterns and cycles within their relationships. Through movement we can step back and observe these cycles, form new understandings, increase empathy, and find a path towards change.

My fee is $125 for a 50 minute family session, limited sliding scale spots may be available. Payment is due at the beginning of session. Cash or check is accepted. I do not accept insurance, but invoices are provided upon request for out-of-network submissions.

Authentic Movement Class

* This is not a therapy group, but a healing practice.
* No dance experience required, all abilities welcome.

In this guided group class participants explore their inner landscape, moving with eyes closed and attention directed inward. This is a mindfulness practice in which movers are encouraged to await what comes spontaneously, including gestures, dance, and/or stillness. Participants will also take turns practicing being a witness to one another’s movement. The witness observes their own internal response to the mover, practicing non-judgment and self-awareness.

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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.