The psychotherapeutic use of movement to support you in feeling vital, well, and whole.

Dance   

PsychoTherapy

movement

WHAT IF YOU COULD... 

Work with a therapist who looks like you, and has some understanding of what it's like to be marginalized and oppressed?

imagine...

Explore what it means to feel comfortable and safe in your body with curiosity, instead of judgement?

Had a creative means of expressing and working through your concerns?

Had the ability to understand what was happening in your body at any given moment and how to soothe and support  yourself?

Could feel more energized, resilient, and well, even when life kinda sucks? 

You know you need support, but you also know sitting in a chair for an hour talking in circles isn't the kind of support that you need (or want). 

In an ideal world, you wouldn't just be talking about your problems. 

You're smart and creative. 

You know that the mental health concerns you have aren't just affecting the way you think, but the way you move in the world, and you're looking for someone who can see you — the whole you — and give you tools to help you move forward. 

You also know that just talking through your concerns, isn't going to make you feel any safer as a black woman in society, so if you're gonna do this therapy thing, it has to take more than your thoughts into consideration. 

I'm Jennifer.
Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist + Holistic Nutritionist

I was diagnosed with depression when I was 15 and no matter how much I tried to "think more positively," nothing changed until I was able to shift what was happening in my body. 

Learning what happens in the body and the nervous system with depression, and being able to explore what it meant to feel safe in my body (and in the world) through movement was the piece of my mental health treatment that allowed me to go from heavy, lethargic, anxious, and scared to feeling more energized and resilient. 

I was finally able to feel hopeful, even when life thew me a dumpster full of lemons. 

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy is just like talk therapy. The only difference is you get to bring all of you to each session...not just your brain.

We can work through things like:

Depression and Anxiety

Emotional and Disordered Eating

The Effects of Oppression on the Body

Trauma and Nervous System Regulation


"I felt free to explore my personal movement and emotions."

"Jennifer created a completely safe environment...She was nurturing and a great source of guidance and support."

Jessica

sounds cool!

...but how much does it cost?

Private dance/movement therapy sessions are priced using a sliding scale, so session costs range from $125-250, income depending. 

Group dance/movement psychotherapy sessions are priced at $60 and meet every other week. 

Unfortunately, I am not able to accept insurance at this time, but I know it would make this work more accessible, so I'm working on it!

"Feelings I never knew I had came to the surface."


“Jennifer provides a safe environment...
I trust that she is there to guide and support me.”

Courtney


How is dance/movement psychotherapy different from talk therapy?


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Dance/Movement Psychotherapy is similar to talk therapy. The biggest difference, however, is that in addition to speaking, you will be invited to pay attention to your body during the therapeutic process. This can range from an invitation to notice your breathing and/or your posture, to moving your body in small and big ways, if you feel safe and comfortable. 


How long is a dance/movement psychotherapy session?

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Dance/Movement Psychotherapy sessions are 60 minutes long. This applies to both group and individual therapy sessions.


Do I need to be a dancer to work with a dance/movement psychotherapist?

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Nope.

The only requirement is that you are human and interested in exploring the ways in which your body interacts and responds to your emotions and life situations.


What is the difference between dance/movement psychotherapy and taking a dance class?

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Dance/Movement Psychotherapy (DMT) is facilitated by an individual who is registered or board certified through the American Dance Therapy Association, and also possesses a license to practice in the state in which they reside.

Similar to talk therapy, DMT focuses on behavioral and psychological goals as they relate to mental health, rather than movement goals alone. It is also is grounded in theoretical frameworks, like cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, person-centered, and psychoanalytic theories.

 What if I want to work with you, but can't afford your services?

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Don't lose hope!

Even if you think working with me is beyond your means right now, reach out and let's explore options together!

 Where do sessions take place?

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Sessions take place on the Lower East Side of Manhattan or Union Square in New York City: 

383 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002

OR 

41 Union Square
New York, NY 10003