Dance/Movement Therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual"
Dance/Movement Therapists work throughout California in a wide variety of settings: mental health, educational, skilled nursing facilities, day care, rehabilitation, medical, wellness/prevention, health promotion programs, forensic settings, and private practice. In addition, dance/movement therapy is used with people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.
“The dance/movement therapist focuses on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for group and individual treatment. Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy” (ADTA 2016).