Dance Therapy


Dance therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. It is used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. Dance therapy can be used with all populations including individuals, couples, families, or groups. In general, dance therapy promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for the expression of feelings.




Dance therapy is a versatile form of therapy founded on the idea that motion and emotion are interconnected. The creative expression of dance therapy can bolster communication skills and inspire dynamic relationships. It is commonly used to treat psychological, cognitive, and social issues such as:

Mental Health Issues:

Cognitive Issues:

Social Issues:

Key Principles:

  • Body and mind are interconnected so that a change in one impacts the other.
  • Movement can express aspects of the personality.
  • Part of the therapeutic relationship is communicated through non-verbal means.
  • Movements can be symbolic and can represent unconscious material/processes.
  • Movement improvisation/experimentation can bring about new ways of being.