Dance Movement therapy : Dance is the new Medicine.
Traditional therapy is alive and well, but what about adding creative forms of expression and communication into wellness?
Well known are the healing benefits of dance. Dance makes us smarter, reduces stress and increases energy.
However, not many are familiar with the emotional and psychological impact that movement can have on mental health and well-being. Studies have shown that 55% of our way of communicating is non- verbal so wouldn’t it make sense to work with a professional who can address that?
I work privately in The Hague and Rotterdam. I also have experience working in clinical settings and with people/ children with developmental and physical disabilities.
What is Dance Movement therapy? : Dance Movement therapy (DMT) can be defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement. Emotion is felt and expressed in motion. One connects with the other.
This relationship between the two can be explored in DMT session, opening a new path for self- exploration and self- development. You do not have to be a dancer or have any skill to participate and benefit from dance movement therapy!
What are the benefits of Dance Movement Therapy?: “ Dance Movement Therapy can benefit people of all ages, abilities, and life circumstances because it supports the individual on a body level where they are in that specific moment in time. Dance therapy has a broad range of health benefits. It has been demonstrated to be clinically effective at improving body image, self-esteem, attentiveness, and communication skills. It can also reduce stress, fears and anxieties, as well as lessen feelings of isolation, body tension, chronic pain, and depression. In addition it can enhance the functioning of the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems”.
What will happen in a session? : Dance/movement therapy sessions can look much like a talk therapy session. It is often up to the patient how large the movement is or how indulgent it may be. It can incorporate breathing exercises, meditation, mindfulness, stretching, and yes, dance, in addition to verbal processing. It can be done individually, as a couple, or even in a group.
If you are interested on embracing a therapeutic process please contact me through the contact form of my therapy practice website: