What is therapy?
Life presents us with many challenges that we are not always equipped to deal with. These challenges are not moments that identify our weaknesses. Instead, they present opportunities for us to become stronger as a result of overcoming them. The therapy process is a great way to ensure that life’s challenges are not what define us as individuals, but instead makes us stronger and more prepared to live happier and more fruitful lives.
Therapy can also serve as a preventative measure to ensure that our lives remain productive and that we maintain an awareness of how stressors could be impacting our loved ones and ourselves. When people think about their health they often focus on their physical being. However, without the mind the body cannot follow. The therapy process is the key to living a truly healthy life; mind, body, and spirit.
What is Dance/movement Therapy?
A form of psychotherapy that utilizes the body through dance and/or movement to integrate all the parts of an individual- cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually.
What if I’m not a dancer?
Because movement is a part of everyone’s daily routine, being a dancer or liking to dance is not a requirement. Our techniques can include a range from slow, subtle ordinary movement behaviors such as walking to expressive, improvisational dancing.
Is dance/movement used in every session?
No. Our clients come first. They can choose not to use the modality of dance/movement within any session. While movement is the primary medium we use for therapeutic interaction, assessment, observation and interventions, our staff has been highly trained to offer traditional psychotherapy and counseling.
What are the benefits of dance/movement therapy?
Proponents of dance/movement therapy can significantly improve emotional responses in adolescents with mild depression, the learning disabled, the visually and hearing impaired, the autism spectrum, psychiatric disorders (psychosis, dementia, and neuroses) and more. A review summarized clinical studies that supported the use of dance therapy in, as well as in such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and terminal illness.
Dance therapy has also been shown to benefit and help people deal with brain injury, arthritis, amputation, stroke, cancer, and a number of other physical ailments.
How long is a session?
A usual session lasts 50 minutes. It is possible to arrange for longer sessions and the fee is then prorated in accordance with the basic hourly rate.
How frequent are therapy sessions?
In the beginning of therapy we evaluate your situation and make a plan. If you decide to work with me, I strongly suggest weekly sessions to start in order to have regular meetings and get established in the therapeutic process. The frequency of sessions may change over time or due to circumstances to increase as needed or to lessen once significant progress has occurred.