Private Dance Therapy Sessions

Amanda Gill, LPC, BC-DMT now offers private dance therapy sessions at Mambo Room. To schedule your session, contact Amanda at 571-224-8572. For information on group sessions visit: http://dancetherapyhamptonroads.weebly.com

What is Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)?

Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. https://adta.org

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is one of the expressive arts therapies focused on using bodily expression and body awareness to address personal challenges. The dance therapist works with the client to gain increased awareness of their movement repertoire (their style of moving) and creates movement interventions to increase or adjust their movement style to help them conquer issues such as self-esteem, trauma symptoms, depression, lack of motivation, fear, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, maladaptive coping skills, and many more challenges we all face.

DMT is utilized for individuals and groups of all age levels. Participants do not have to have any dance experience. In an individual session DMT may look like the therapist helping a client create a dance to represent their current challenge, and then altering the dance to move towards a solution. In a group session, DMT methods take place in circles (sharing and witnessing one another’s movement expressions), in dyads or couples (mirroring one another’s reflections through movement), and in small and large groups. DMT honors the correlation between movement and emotion and has theoretical foundations in neuroscience, developmental psychological theory, and relational theory. Here is an article which describes the history and applications of Expressive Therapies: https://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/231/malchiodi3.pdf

Who is Amanda Gill, LPC, BC-DMT?

Amanda Gill, LPC, BC-DMT is a bilingual counselor and dance/movement therapist who has over six years of experience providing dance therapy interventions to children, adolescents, families, and adults in clinical, school, and community settings. She is a Board-Certified Dance Movement Therapist through the American Dance Therapy Association and she has conducted research on how social dance can be a tool for building patient-provider relations in inpatient psychiatric settings, as well as presented research on the theory and applications of Cuban Psicoballet treatment at national conferences.

Specialties: Dance Therapy individual and group interventions, Creative arts therapies with Spanish-speaking clients, Expressive therapies to address trauma, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Team-building for school and corporate settings, Qualitative Research, bilingual (Spanish)