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." I work by guiding clients to a more full awareness of their bodies and emotional processes through the identifying and tracking of sensations, by allowing movements to sequence through the body from start to finish, and by using the body as teacher, providing us with invaluable information as to what is happening for us both consciously and unconsciously.
The foundation of my work is based on the idea that tapping into one’s innate creativity in the present moment is a route to healing and expression and that the body as well as the mind needs to be listened and attended to. I use a variety of body-centered and mindfulness techniques in addition to traditional dialogue depending on the needs of the individual. Sessions may utilize elements from modalities including dance/movement therapy, gestalt, mindfulness awareness, motivational interviewing, somatic experiencing, developmental movement, and focusing and involves both verbal and non-verbal expression. I also weave in the use of imagery and metaphor to support individuals in exploring what is unfolding within the context of the therapeutic session.