Body-Centered & Creative Arts Psychotherapy

is described by the American Dance Therapy Association as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual.  The combination of creative expression and movement exploration, in conjunction with movement & verbal interaction with a therapist, invites the unconscious to participate in the therapeutic process, and creates a safe container for trying new behaviors.  Dance/movement therapists (DMTs) currently practice in a variety of settings and with a variety of patients.  Schools, hospitals, eating disorder clinics, and private practice are some of the places you might find a DMT.  DMTs work with psychiatric patients, pain patients, mother and baby dyads, learning disabled and many more. A master’s degree is required, as are 3600 hours of internship prior to the application for certification (BC-DMT).

is one of the early approaches to psychotherapy that combine mindfulness and the felt sense.  Ron Kurtz began his trainings in the late 1970’s.  The program has since evolved but continues to offer a self-discovery process based on the principles of mindfulness, holism, organicity, and non-violence. These principles support an attitude of exploration and experimentation, facilitating curiosity about our own organization and our own capacity for change. There are trainings in the Hakomi Method throughout the world.

is a body awareness approach to trauma through self-regulation.  By bringing attention to the way we know our nervous system, we are able to unwind from the effects of trauma and restore our innate ability to recover and regain our wholeness, aliveness and well-being.  This approach was created by Dr. Peter Levine who has studied the effects of trauma and stress for almost forty years, and holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Bio-physics and Psychology.  Somatic Experiencing Practitioners (SEPs) study for 3 years before being certified. Internationally, there are about 5,000 practitioners.

stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It was created and developed by Francine Shapiro, when she discovered that rapidly moving her eyes from side to side helped her work through something that had been bothering her.  Ongoing research is confirming that alternating stimuli to the two sides of the brain helps information, memories, and perceptions settle into long-term memory storage.  This may be done with eye movements, gentle tapping, sound, or through electronic pulsars.  This process, done with a trained therapist, helps people with traumatic memories put them in the past, integrate them, and become present to current experience.  Francine Shapiro founded the EMDR Institute in 1990.  EMDR practitioners have responded to disasters throughout the world and are active in work with veterans. There are a growing number of studies demonstrating the efficacy of EMDR.

was founded by Pat Ogden who originally worked with Ron Kurtz, developing Hakomi.  While we often process cognitively and emotionally, Pat’s focus is on how we process and organize ourselves somatically.  Movement, sensation, and the experience of our senses are woven into this psychotherapy approach that treats trauma sequelae, and attachment and developmental issues. The full Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training is a three-year program.

 

Shira Musicant, MFT, BC-DMT, SEP

Marriage & Family Therapist, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

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