DANCE and MOVEMENT THERAPY
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as the use of movement as a medium for non-verbal communication and expression. It is a non-intrusive approach in encouraging individuals to express themselves, through simply using the body. By going back to the body, individuals are able to understand how their bodies relate to themselves, their environment, and those around them.
DMT is based on the assumption that body and mind are interrelated and is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual. Dance/movement therapy effects changes in feelings, cognition, physical functioning, and behavior (American Dance Therapy Association, 2014).
“It is the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” (American Dance Therapy Association, 2014).
DMT addresses a range of behavioral, emotional, and other clinical issues using dance, movement, and counseling as the medium for therapy.
Some goals of Dance/Movement Therapy include:
Body, mind and spirit integration
Relatedness and socialization
Increase body awareness
Expand movement repertoire
Develop self-confidence and self-identity
ISSUES ADDRESSED BY DMT
DMT effectively addresses mental health issues for all ages. These include but are not limited to: mood issues including mild to severe depression, anxiety, anger, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADD, ODD, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder.
DMT is also an approach to growth in overall self-awareness and wellbeing, focused on sensitivity to ones body and its relationship to our cognitions and emotions.
HOW TO BEGIN DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY
If you'd like to know about how to begin therapy, please feel free to call the center to schedule an informational session with our DMT to determine if it would be the appropriate therapeutic intervention for your needs. If you have seen a psychiatrist, sharing this information with our DMT would be beneficial. At MAGIS Therapies you may be assured that your information will be handled with care and confidentiality.
If you are in need of help and are reading this, we want to honor your courage to take the first step towards caring for your wellbeing. If you are in distress and need help immediately, please ask a friend or family member to take you to the nearest emergency room.