Somatic Dance/Movement Therapy
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Somatic Counseling:
Dance/Movement Therapy

What if you could combine your love for dance and movement with the skills to help yourself and others transform?

 

As a student in Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy concentration—part of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree program—you will have the chance to weave dance and creative expression with the study of approaches to psychotherapy that emphasize multicultural competence, mindfulness, inclusivity, and the body.

This rigorous, experientially based program integrates the study of classical as well as innovative forms of dance/movement therapy—particularly the Gestalt-based Moving Cycle, Authentic Movement, and current models of sensorimotor tracking—with mindfulness practice and 815 hours of clinical work.

Naropa’s graduate Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy concentration alumni have created compelling careers as individual and family therapists, case managers, clinical mental health center directors, movement therapists, dance therapists, authors, professors, outpatient psychotherapists, and more.

SDance Therapy students learning in the classroom

The Essence of Movement

"Movement, to be experienced, has to be ‘found’ in the body, not put on like a dress or a coat. There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning: it is that which can liberate us."

— Mary Starks Whitehouse
 

 

Three Years

The master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement concentration is a 60-credit-hour, three-year program that offers theoretical grounding in Dance/Movement Therapy along with rigorous clinical and mindfulness training.

Degree Requirements

 

Students learning in the classroom

Student Highlight

“After every class, every meeting, and every conversation that I have at Naropa, I feel learning crackling within me, stirring me, causing storms, luscious conflict, and countless opportunities for growth. My ability to be a strong and supple family member, community member, and future professional is continuously growing exponentially.”

— Amanda Moran
Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy, 2017

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Approved by the American Dance Therapy Association

Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy program has been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association since 1987. This program is also an International Somatic Education and Therapy Association Approved Training Program.

 

Wendy Allen

Faculty Highlight

“I find that the skills I use as a therapist are the same skills I use as an artist. To develop themes in an organic and authentic way, I rely on spontaneity, creativity, awareness, and play.”

— Wendy Allen, LPC, BC-DMT, PhD candidate
Assistant Professor, Somatic Counseling

Meet Somatic Counseling Faculty

Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert

Move Your Body in Support

Perform with your peers and professors while also raising money for Naropa scholarships. The annual Somatic Arts Scholarship Concert gives you a chance to demonstrate the healing power of movement in a performance context.

Naropa Community Counseling Center

Intern While You Help Heal

Serve the Boulder community as a supervised intern during your third year of graduate study at the Naropa Community Counseling Center. Offering contemplative and mindful healing services, the center makes cutting-edge psychotherapy affordable by providing it to low- and middle-income people on a sliding fee basis.

 

Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy Classes

  • Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy
  • Body Movement Observation and Assessment
  • Counseling Relationships I: Verbal and Nonverbal Skills for Counseling and Psychotherapy
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