Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress

Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell

Psychological trauma is prevalent, with more than half of all individuals experiencing a traumatic event in their lifetime. Trauma significantly affects the nervous system and impacts quality of life negatively. As traumatic memories are stored in the body and may not accessible through verbal therapy alone, “bottom up” approaches, including dance/movement therapy, have become treatments of choice in the trauma field. Specific helpful elements in dance/movement therapy trauma treatment are creating safety, assisting in managing emotions, assisting in attending to interoception, connecting, and engaging in expressive and creative movement.


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