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    Dance-Movement Therapy

    Dance-Movement Therapy is an embodied psychotherapy where we resource into the body to explore and honor our deepest truths. Every experience we’ve ever had is recorded and held in the body. When we tap into the body’s wisdom through body-based mindfulness and movement explorations, materials stored deep within can surface to be witnessed, learned from, and integrated. This process can lead to profound insights, healing and growth.

    Dance-Movement Therapy has helped clients feel more connected, gain clarity and understanding on issues they may be struggling with, explore relationship patterns, feel a greater sense of comfort in their bodies and in their lives, transform trauma and fear, and reconnect with their natural spontaneity, to name a few of it’s benefits.

    Sessions are always a co-created journey, set within the context of safety, respect and open communication.

    Authentic Movement

    Authentic Movement is a form of Dance-Movement Therapy we may use in sessions. In this form, movers move with eyes closed in the presence of a witness (the therapist), following their inner impulse to move and be moved. This process of moving, deeply attuned to oneself without planning or performing, allows the materials stored deep within the body – emotions, stories, images, memories, dreams – to surface, be expressed and explored, and ultimately embraced. As the body finds form for the expression of what is at first formless, integration is promoted and personal consciousness evolves. Authentic Movement helps to gain clarity and understanding of life issues, to encounter life with greater presence and authenticity, and to feel more alive in your body, more grounded in your stance, and more free in your expression.

    No previous experience in dance or Authentic Movement is needed.

    Ricki Grater, LCSW, BC-DMT and Kris Rodriguez, LCAT specialize in Dance-Movement Therapy.

    Career Consulting

    Becoming a Dance/Movement Therapist is a unique journey. It’s often a path we are compelled to take even if we don’t know exactly where we’re going or how to get there. We feel the call. A soul calling. Like dance itself, an impulse we can’t deny or keep stuffed inside.

    From that first consideration to the first step, from navigating grad school and agency work to maybe taking a leap onward to something more, it’s all a little daunting and definitely not the norm. You may feel like you have to leave all that was familiar behind and step into the unknown in order to find yourself. Support and guidance is hard to come by.

    At a certain point you may realize that the untraveled road only forms with each step you take. You may find yourself an accidental pioneer in uncharted territory.

    Career consulting for Dance/Movement Therapists is a unique service offered by Ricki Grater LCSW, BC-DMT to help support you as you forge your path.

    What our Dance Therapy clients have to say:

    “Dance Therapy became for me a safe haven for free-spirited expression, which allowed me to mentally and emotionally take a very deep cleansing breath. I was able to explore and celebrate the beauty of my own soul.”

    – Pam, artist

    “Dance Therapy helped me begin to unlock the shackles which had imprisoned my spirit.”

    -Tanya, small business owner

    “Authentic movement allows my body to become engaged in the dialogue and gives my mind permission to stop chattering so I can become more attentive to the underlying messages and stories laying dormant beneath the surface. In Authentic Movement, I have learned how to feel deeply into the needs of my body without question or judgment and to trust that I will experience all that is necessary in that moment.”

    -Jeanne, psychotherapist