Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy (DMT) as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.
DMT focuses on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for group and individual treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy.
It is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic settings, in nursing homes, day care centers, disease prevention, health promotion programs, and in private practice. It is also effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments, and is used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.
~You can find the above information and more on dance/movement therapy at http://adta.org~
My Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) Approach in Session
In a session with me, you will be supported to discover your own authentic movement expressions in which are unique to you, and often include and/or stem from the use of voice and talk, as well as stillness. Rooted in Authentic Movement practices and inspired through embodiment, my approach is about supporting you in gaining a relationship with your body so that you can begin to listen to it, letting it move you. From here you might ask; what does my body have to say if I let it tell me something?