Mind Your Body
Summary: How can we use "body knowledge" into patterns of behaving, thinking, and feeling? Can we facilitate harmony within each individual and with society as a whole? Mind Your Body is a podcast that aims to inform listeners about the inner-workings of the human body as a vehicle for improved consciousness of thoughts and actions using principles and concepts from dance/movement therapy, the psychotherapeutic use of movement that furthers the emotional, physical, and intellectual integration of an individual. We will explore popular social, emotional, behavioral, and political topics from this perspective. Tune in and find out as your host, Orit Greenberger, shares her interviews with dance/movement therapists and other experts who have a unique perspective on the subject.
Jessica Scott, MA, LMHC is a licensed therapist and counselor in the New York City area. She received her BA in Applied Psychology from Penn State University and her MA in Mental Health and Wellness from NYU. Over the last 6 years, Jessica has helped her clients to improve their self-worth and to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression through a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques, but has struggled to prioritize the same strategies in her own life until recently. Jessica has been tackling her own issues around body shame, self-worth, and fear of judgement head-on and has become passionately invested in caring for both her mind and body so she can be an even better therapist to her clients and an effective mentor to other women. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/4.-Jessica-Scott-Fit-Body-Fit-Mind.mp3 Jessica talks about her recent health and fitness lifestyle transformation and how it has positively impacted her emotional well-being. The discussion takes a unique turn when Jessica and Orit speculate how fitness training may mimic certain body-based survival responses and strengthen one’s ability to manage anxiety.
Winnie, Jamie, Sarah, and Orit talk about their experiences as relatively new dance/movement therapists. Themes about professional identity, work-life balance, and self-forgiveness often come up throughout the discussion. Even if you’re not a DMT, you will certainly be able to relate as a new or seasoned professional in another field. Winnie M. Wong, MS, R-DMT, LCAT is a full-time dance/movement therapist in adult inpatient psychiatry at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. During her masters training at Pratt Institute, she worked with children in an integrative population, adolescents and forensics, with all-male inmates. She is interested in how her work could intersect with the Juvenile Justice population. Before graduate school, she worked in non-profit arts administration for six years. Jamie Yasgur, MS, R-DMT, LP-CAT is a dance/ movement therapist at an educational and residential facility for individuals with disabilities, including medical frailties and autism. Jamie has previously worked in long and short term geriatric care facilities and a social day program for LGBT elders. She has also provided workshops for adolescents and young women surrounding issues of identity and sexuality, and is certified to practice Authentic Movement. Sarah Lannon, MS, R-DMT is a Dance/Movement Therapist in the Bay Area. Currently, she works with women undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol dependency and individuals who are suffering from chronic pain and disability. Before moving to California Sarah lived in NYC and ran a dance therapy program for children with disabilities at the Henry Viscardi School in Alberston, NY. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/4.-New-DMT-Professionals-Identity-and-Self-Care.mp3 *Mirroring is the starting point of how dance/movement therapists relate to each patient. Mirroring requires a dance therapist to be completely present in the therapeutic relationship by following the shape, quality, and essence of the feeling behind a patient’s movement. Mirroring is an opportunity for a patient to feel seen as the joining of movement aims to communicate non-judgmental acceptance and understanding of the individual.
Christina Devereaux, Ph.D., LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute. She serves on the senior faculty at Inspirees, a training program for DMT in China, and an international faculty member for Dance Therapy New Zealand. She is co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and 2008 President’s Award recipient from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). She was featured on CCTV, the largest television station in China, and as a presenter for the 2014 ADTA Talks series focusing on DMT and autism. In addition to authoring many chapters and journal publications, she has a blog with Psychology Today “Meaning in motion: Dancing with the mind in mind.” http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2.-Christina-Devereaux-The-Power-of-Pausing.mp3 Christina informs us why it is essential for human bodies to rest in the midst of our fast-paced lives and how we can learn to trust the “pause.”
Meet the host, Orit Greenberger, as she provides a brief introduction of this podcast series and a more in-depth description of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Orit Greenberger, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT is the Director of Expressive Therapies at Rockford Center, an inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospital in Newark, Delaware. Orit is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and holds a Master of Science degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has clinical experience with a range of populations including children with severe emotional disturbances, autism spectrum disorders, trauma victims, hospitalized patients in crisis, and adults and adolescents with a variety of DSM-V diagnoses. Orit currently provides clinical supervision to DMT graduate students and Creative Arts Therapists, including art therapists and music therapists. Orit has provided Creative Arts Therapies in-services to employees working in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings and DMT workshops to undergraduate students and local dance communities. http://www.mindyourbodydmt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MYB_Long_intro-FNL.mp3