About dance movement therapy

What is dance movement therapy?

Working factors:

  • Body-mind connection
  • Improving body awareness
  • Creative and symbolic work
  • Combination of the cognitive, emotional and somatic
  • Client-centred work

Dance movement therapy (DMT) is a body-oriented form of creative therapy. Essential to dance movement therapy is the connection between mind and body. Psychological stress often manifests as somatic symptoms such as pain, illness and muscle tension. Emotions are first and foremost somatic sensations that tell us about how we are doing. Unlike traditional verbal psychotherapy, DMT also uses different embodied methods such as breathing and relaxation techniques, movement improvisation, play and body awareness practices. Symbolic work through movement, image and writing is also possible. Essential to DMT is the holistic view and treatment of the client. The client and therapist agree on the course of therapy based on the client's wishes, needs and strengths.

Who is dance movement therapy for?

Dance movement therapy (DMT) is suitable for everyone interested in getting to know themselves and their body better. Previous background in sports or dance is not required. Children, young people and those who experience verbal communication as challenging can especially benefit from working in a movement and body oriented way.

DMT can help with mental health problems such as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, anxiety etc. Clients with autistic spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities and other neuropsychiatric symptoms can also benefit from somatic therapy where nonverbal communication is central. DMT can also support the wellbeing of clients who suffer from work-related burn out, stress and fatigue.

DMT supports emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, the development of a positive self- and body image, and reduces various psychological and psychosomatic symptoms, for example pain and muscle tension. 

Dance movement therapy can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress, fatigue symptoms, PTSD symptoms
  • When verbal communication is challenged