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 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.