Mindful Balance Therapy Center P.L.L.C.
Dance & Movement Therapy
What is dance/movement therapy?
The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.
As Dance/Movement Therapists we are aware that dance and/or movement of the body in therapy can be intimidating and vulnerable. With this in mind we encourage clients to verbalize their comfort level with movement and we strive to meet the clients where they are at in their movement process, even if that means a lack of movement. As DMT's we are also trained in other areas of Expressive Arts Therapy such as visual art, music, drama, bibliotherapy, and play therapy. If one of these other modalities of Expressive Arts Therapy would be more comfortable to you in your process we are more than happy to utilize them within our practice.
Click below for "An Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy",
published by The American Dance Therapy Association
Dance/movement therapy is:
- Focused 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.
- Practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic
settings, and in nursing homes, day care centers, disease prevention, health
promotion programs and in private practice.
- Effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and
- Used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual,
couples, family and group therapy formats.
American Dance Therapy Association https://adta.org/faqs/ ADTA © 2016