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Listening to the Body: Using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Dance/Movement Therapy to Facilitate Change


Dance/movement therapists work across the spectrum of stillness and movement, using the creative process and the body/mind connection to support change, healing, and growth with clients.  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is often described as a "body-based talk therapy" that incorporates contemporary findings in neurobiology and mindfulness as a therapeutic process.  It offers a framework for addressing trauma and attachment issues and provides a lens for understanding these issues that can help dance/movement therapists pace and structure therapeutic work effectively.  Dance/movement therapists can bring the richness of the discipline of DMT to SP principles and methods.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will:

  1. Be introduced to basic principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and ways that SP can support DMT practices
  2. Increase appreciation of the value of addressing small and subtle body cues and movement as well as larger scale movement
  3. Consider new possibilities for working with cognitive, emotional and body levels of experience


Annabelle F. Coote

Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor with 20 years experience as a creative clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She is passionate about the connections between the brain and the body and helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the creative process and the arts to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. Her experience includes work with adults, adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings.  Sheoffers creative, body-centered therapy and supervision/consultation in her private practice, Movement Matters ( She regularly presents at regional and national conferences and currently services on the Standards and Ethics Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Continuing Education

1.0 NBCC CE, 1.0 NY LCAT CE, 1.0 ADTA CE
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Price: $45.00