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Beyond Words: An Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy

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18205 45th Avenue North

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Plymouth, MN 55446

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As embodied beings we all move. The way we hold our bodies and move our bodies is a key way we express and communicate essential information about our identity and relationships. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is a Creative Arts psychotherapy that integrates all forms of non-verbal expressions with words to promote whole-person awareness and integration. Based on the interrelationship between mind and body, DMT is uniquely suited to addressing personal and interpersonal clinical concerns on a holistic integrative level. DMT’s non-verbal assessment tools, approaches and skills also enhance clinical efficacy and understanding. This experiential workshop will introduce basic DMT frameworks and techniques. It will include opportunities to learn selected practical techniques for working with non-verbal behaviors. It is appropriate for all levels of physical ability.


Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb:

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Ways of Seeing Practitioner. She specializes in embodied approaches to attachment, identity, life transitions, trauma, depression and anxiety issues and works with individuals, couples, and families. She teaches Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Alternative Body Therapy (BT) courses at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg College (US). She has taught DMT in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997), at Tallinn University, in Tallinn, Estonia on a Fulbright Scholar’s Grant (2011), and she currently teaches in China (2014-present). She has also taken students to the Middle East (2000 & 2009) and Asia/South East Asia (2004-5). She is chair of the American Dance/ Movement Therapy Association Alternate Route Educators’ Subcommittee.


As a therapist, Barbara’s deepest passion is promoting whole-person embodiment and change that is informed by sensitivity to multicultural diversity and social justice. She works systemically, with attention to interactional patterns and larger contextual factors. She also uses self-of-the-therapist and ‘embodied’ self-of-the therapist lenses to deepen clinical efficacy and understanding. Barbara has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years, working in a range of settings (hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, private practice) and with clients from diverse backgrounds, cultures, orientations, identities, and ages.

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