We Mind Body Spirit
Wendy Elliott, MA
LPCC, BC-DMT, SEP

Kind mind, open heart, calm body

Dance Movement Therapy

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Movement is our first language. It is the dance of life. Dance and movement both express and affect how we feel. Movement has the power to open up neuro-pathways to and from the brain, influencing growth and development through all stages of life. This connection of body and mind is the basis of dance-movement therapy (DMT), an innovative form of psychotherapy.

Dance-Movement therapy works with the whole person integrating movement, creative process, and verbal communication. It has the potential to access emotions and issues that may be inaccessible in verbal therapy. In DMT, movement is used as a vehicle for self-expression, insight , and behavioral change in an affirming and non-judgmental environment. It is an effective treatment with psychological, social, developmental, neurological, and physical challenges.

As a vehicle for self-growth and actualization, DMT is a creative, expressive, and profound process for anyone working toward overall well-being. As a mind-body approach, dance-movement therapy can also be integrated into health and wellness education, facilitating self-care, connection, creativity and empowerment.

Wendy currently leads dance-movement therapy groups for Elders. She also leads DMT groups for clients who suffer from body image distortion ( in particular eating disorders) and neurological diseases such as Parkinsons and MS.

Dance-movement therapy groups create a safe and contained environment where people have the opportunity to connect, play and explore self-expression and creativity through movement and dance.

The following article by Wendy about her current  DMT Group with  Elders was recently published by Noozhawk.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/081612_healthy_aging_through_dance-movement_therapy/

 

 

 

I am thankful for the time Wendy spent getting to know me and helping me figure out how to find the strength to be myself while juggling the demands of being a new mom, a wife, a daughter, among other roles. Wendy’s perception of how I fell and experience emotions through my body has made me more aware of how I experience life and helped me to step back and be more present/ still during joyful and painful moments. I am stronger and calmer as a result of our work together.
Jen HulbertWriter and mom
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