Dance/Movement Therapy

Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are connected, dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.

Who benefits from Dance/Movement Therapy?

The focus of dance/movement therapy is to help clients improve self-esteem, body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, gain insight into patterns of behaviors as well as create new options for coping with problems. All people can benefit from dance/movement therapy including:

  • Individuals who are depressed and anxious
  • Individuals holding chronic body tension and have difficulty relaxing and sleeping.
  • Individuals with trauma and PTSD.
  • Individuals suffering from chronic pain, cancer, and other serious conditions.
  • Adults and adolescents with body image distortions.
  • Couples looking to develop improved attunement, communication and intimacy

What does a typical session look like?

While movement is the primary medium of dance/movement therapy, similar to other creative art therapies (e.g. art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy) each dance/movement therapy session is unique. Katie will work with you to tailor to your therapeutic needs. You will be breathing, sensing your body, utilizing imagery and moving. Movements range from focusing on subtle and ordinary movement behaviors to expressive improvisational dancing. No artistic or previous dance experience is needed.

Katie is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and clinical supervisor for Master’s level dance/movement therapists in St. Louis.

Resources

Check out recent media on Katie’s dance/movement therapy work at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital:

For more information about dance/movement therapy, visit the American Dance Therapy Association.

This website is for general information and guidance, this website in no way substitutes therapy services.