By recreating experiences and relationships, experiential therapies help residents to identify and address issues they cannot yet articulate or understand. The creative process involved in experiential therapies helps to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Dance/movement therapy (DMT) serves as a powerful medium for people suffering with emotional disorders to explore their relationship to their bodies. A characteristic of eating disorders, addictions and co-occurring disorders, is the tendency to detach from feelings by focusing on obsessive thoughts, concrete thinking and/or body distortions. DMT provides a way for residents with these disorders to safely connect with feelings by becoming more aware of body sensations, learning how to listen to their body’s needs, and by helping them to identify, tolerate and express uncomfortable feelings.
DMT uses movement therapeutically to improve the mental and physical well-being of a person. Considered an expressive therapy, dance/movement therapy focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote a holistic approach to health and healing.
Used in a variety of settings with people of all ages who have social, emotional, cognitive and/or physical concerns, DMT is a form of psychotherapy that is helpful to the recovery process at Timberline Knolls.
Timberline Knolls’ board certified dance/movement therapist facilitates and encourages self-expressive movement by:
- Working with both individuals and groups.
- Helping residents express a nonverbal language that offers information about what is going on in their bodies.
- Observing a person’s movements to make an assessment in order to collaborate in the development of the treatment plan.
- Adapting the nature and focus of the session to meet the needs of the participants.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center also provides individual DMT sessions for residents who need special attention to meet the needs related to the processing of trauma, body image and/or self-expression. Individual sessions also focus on helping residents learn to manage and regulate feelings through body-mind relaxation techniques.